Surgical nurses work in hospitals and provide care to patients before and after surgery. Surgical nurses can work on med-surg units or in surgical ICUs. Nurses working on med-surg units and ICUs encounter a variety of illnesses and conditions. Job descriptions highlight organization skills, flexibility, clear communication, and the ability to keep up in a fast-paced environment. Looking for your dream job? Explore the many Surgical travel nurse job opportunities below.
Responsibilities of a Surgical nurse include monitoring vital signs, performing assessments, assessing and treating pain, and providing wound care. Surgical nurses also manage IVs, foley catheters, and other drains and appliances. Surgical nurses must have a knowledge of a variety of diseases and conditions and frequently collaborate with physicians and advanced practice practitioners. These nurses are in demand. The average annual salary in the United States for a Surgical nurse ranges from $92,000 to $114,000. Nurses with additional certifications and experience may earn more.