Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Handle the pre- and post-surgery care of patients.

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Salary Range
$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Surgery Nurse Practitioners do?

Sometimes, Surgeons seem like superheroes, especially at hospitals where they often work more than 50, 60, 70, and even 80 hours a week. With a schedule like that, even the most prolific practitioner needs superpowers to make it through the day. Or at least a helping hand. A Surgery Nurse Practitioner is that helping hand.

As a Surgery Nurse Practitioner, you’re a clinical Robin to a medical Batman, paid by hospitals to assist Surgeons with patient care. You’re a Registered Nurse, and your duties include typical nursing tasks such as doing physical examinations, recording patient histories, taking blood, and administering IVs and injections. You also conduct diagnostic tests, write prescriptions, dispense medications, and educate patients and their families.

As a Nurse Practitioner, however, you have more education and more training than most of your nursing peers, which qualifies you to do more, and in many cases act as a substitute Physician. In addition to everyday nursing duties, therefore, you’re often called upon to assist Surgeons in the operating room when they need an extra pair of hands.

Mostly, though, it’s your job as a Surgery Nurse Practitioner to be the Doctor when the Doctor isn’t there: While Surgeons are busy doing surgeries, you’re making the rounds with their patients on their behalf, providing inpatient care before and after their operation so they understand the procedure before it happens and make a speedy recovery afterwards.

Should I be a Surgery Nurse Practitioner?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Neurological Surgery Teacher, Surgery Teacher

    How to Become a
    Surgery Nurse Practitioner

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