Orthopaedic Nurse

An orthopaedic nurse receives specialized education and training to care for patients with diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. These nurses play an important role in providing care to patients who have bone fractures, degenerative diseases, joint replacement surgery or other conditions that affect the bones and muscles. Orthopaedic nurses are highly trained in casting, external fixation care, neurovascular status monitoring, traction and continuous motion therapy. With their specialized education and skills, they can assess patients, administer treatments, provide procedures as well as administer medications. They also utilize their knowledge and skills to ensure patients remain as comfortable as possible. Orthopaedic nurses can teach patients new methods for performing personal tasks and provide them with information regarding assistance programs, support groups and other resources they may require.

Education and Certification Requirements
To become a certified orthopaedic nurse, you must first complete a registered nursing program at an accredited school and pass the NCLEX-RN licensing exam. Once you have obtained your RN license, you can then take the orthopaedic certification exam given by the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board. Passing this exam and receiving certification will provide you with the credentials that indicate your expertise in this specialized field.

Career Opportunities
There are many career opportunities for skilled orthopaedic nurses. These include hospital orthopaedic units, medical and surgical units, private orthopaedic practices, clinics, nursing facilities as well as sports medicine practices.

Responsibilities of an Orthopaedic Nurse
Orthopaedic nurse’s daily responsibilities may include assessing new patients, monitoring existing patient’s conditions, providing treatments such as dressing changes and administering medications as ordered by the physician. Orthopaedic nurses also provide care to patients who have recently undergone surgery. This may include monitoring and recording vital signs, monitoring the surgical site and informing doctors of any changes with the patient’s condition. Keeping the patient comfortable is of the utmost importance, which could involve repositioning the patient and administering pain medications as needed.

Average Salary
The average annual salary for a certified orthopaedic nurse is approximately $63,871 although salaries can vary according to the nurse’s position and experience, the employer and the location. Most employers offer excellent benefit packages including paid sick days, holidays and vacation days.

Job Outlook for Orthopaedic Nurses
Because orthopaedic nurses are registered nurses and can be utilized in a variety of different medical settings, registered nurses remain one of the fastest growing professions in the nation. Due to the rising numbers of the aging population, the need for orthopaedic nurses is expected to continue to grow.

Sub-Specialties and Advanced Opportunities for Orthopaedic Nurses
As orthopaedic nurses gain experience, there are several advanced positions they may qualify for such as head nurse, nursing instructor, nurse manager or director of nursing. Orthopaedic nurses may also choose to specialize in certain fields, which could include emergency rooms, pediatrics, geriatrics, sports medicine, operating rooms, oncology, home health and rehabilitation centers. Certified orthopaedic nurses also have the opportunity to continue their educations and advance their position to an orthopaedic nurse practitioner or an orthopaedic clinical nurse specialist.



Matching School Ads

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Tech. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.

Programs:

  • Nursing (Practical)
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Lincoln

Experience the Rewards of Caring, With ECPI’s Medical Careers Institute, you can Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in 2.5 Years or Your Associate’s Even Sooner through Our Year-Round Schedule!

Programs:

  • Practical Nursing - Diploma
  • Medical Assisting - Associate
  • Nursing (RN)
Locations: Newport News

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information


Programs:

  • Practical Nursing
  • Medical Assisting
Locations: Ravenna
Develop the skills to succeed in today's highly competitive business environment. Everest College can prepare you for a rewarding career in some of today's hottest fields.

Programs:

  • Diploma - Nursing
  • Diploma - Medical Assistant
Locations: Henderson

The Berkeley Advantage®is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.

Programs:

  • Nurse Aide Certification Course
  • Certificate in Medical Assistant
  • AAS in Medical Assistant
  • And more...
Locations: Dover
At Everest University you can get a higher education designed to meet the demands of employers in some of today's hottest fields.

Programs:

  • Nursing Program
  • Medical Assistant
Locations: Tampa

For more than 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, career-focused education in fields such as health care, business, criminal justice and information technology.  Our one-class-at-a-time schedules allow busy students to focus on their education and balance the demands of work and family.  Whether you choose to attend online, on campus, or both you will be part of a caring learning environment led by experienced faculty who bring textbooks to life with real-world challenges and solutions.  Our unique combination of a curriculum that is in pace with technology and the skills employers value along with our “students first” approach provides an outstanding academic experience. 

Programs:

  • Nursing, AS
  • Medical Assisting, AS
  • Nursing, BS (Online Only)
Locations: Lakeland

Pursue your education with Platt College (Oklahoma). We offer hands-on training programs in the culinary arts, allied health, and nursing fields.

*Programs vary by location.

*High school diploma or GED required.

*Licensed by OBPVS.

Programs:

  • Practical Nursing-(AOS) [LPN]
  • Medical Assistant/Phlebotomy
  • Nursing-AS (LPN-RN)
Locations: Tulsa
Ready for an exciting new career? Southern Technical College offers intensive, hands-on career training in the areas of business, health sciences and applied electronics technology.

Programs:

  • A.S. - Nursing
  • Diploma - Medical Assistant
  • A.S. - Medical Assistant
Locations: Fort Myers