CAREER FOCUS: Spotlight on orthopedic nursing

December 2002 
Volume 32  Number 12
Pages 20 - 20
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  • Where do nurses in this specialty work?

  • What background and education do nurses in this specialty need?

  • What about certification?

  • Most medical settings offer some orthopedic care, so nurses in this specialty have almost limitless opportunities, crossing many settings and specialties. It's more a high-touch specialty than a high-tech one, open to LPNs as well as RNs.

    “The most common nursing diagnoses we relate to are mobility and pain,” explains Geri L. Tierney, RN, ONC, BSN, president-elect of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON). “The patients we see aren't sick so much as ‘broken.’ We focus on patient education, supporting patients who may have to deal with significant changes in their lifestyle.”

    Where do nurses in this specialty work?

    Many orthopedic nurses work in hospitals. At one time, they might have worked in dedicated orthopedic ...

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