Medical-surgical nursing

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Medical-surgical nursing is a nursing specialty area concerned with the care of adult patients in a broad range of settings. The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is a specialty nursing organization dedicated to nurturing medical-surgical nurses as they advance their careers. Traditionally, medical-surgical nursing was an entry-level position that most nurses viewed as a stepping stone to specialty areas. Medical-surgical nursing is the largest group of professionals in the field of nursing. Advances in medicine and nursing have resulted in medical-surgical nursing evolving into its own specialty.[1][2]

Many years ago a majority of hospital nurses worked on wards, and everyone was a medical-surgical nurse. Today licensed medical-surgical nurses work in a variety of positions, inpatient clinics, emergency departments, HMO’s, administration, out patient surgical centers, home health care, humanitarian relief work, ambulatory surgical care, and skilled nursing homes. Some military medical-surgical nurses serve on battlefields.

Registered nurses can become certified medical-surgical nurses through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.[3] and also through the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board's (MSNCB) ( Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) credential.

See also


  1. ^ Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN)
  2. ^ The Nursing Spectrum (Nursing Spectrum magazine)
  3. ^ "American Nurses Credentialing Center". Archived from the original on 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2011-03-01.