Medical Surgical Nursing

Medical-surgical or “med-surg” nursing is a specialty focused on providing direct care to adult patients in a multitude of clinical areas. Medical-surgical nurses manage many patients who require numerous medications and have multiple diagnoses across several medical specialties. A profession in medical-surgical nursing requires an understanding of normal anatomy and physiology, keen assessment and monitoring skills, vast knowledge about diseases and conditions, and ongoing education related to recommended prevention methods and treatment options. These nurses require strong skills in time management, organization, accurate documentation, and care planning. Medical-surgical nurses may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, clinics, home health care agencies, ambulatory care units, long-term care homes, surgical centers, and universities. These nurses see patients through acute illness or help them manage chronic disease. 

In this Medical-Surgical Nursing library, we’ve assembled resources to help you provide the best care to your patients. Our Pocket Cards are quick, handy references to refer to when you are caring for a patient. Refer to the Guideline Summaries to learn need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your medical-surgical nursing career. 

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