Medical-Surgical RNs must be able to coordinate, organize, and prioritize multiple client assignments. They will deal with patients from a variety of backgrounds and diseases, from ambulatory to total care.
Once considered a stepping stone or a ‘catch-all’ nursing niche, it has evolved into a full-fledged specialty in more recent years.
Because hospitals now tend to discharge patients after a day or two after surgery, Med Surg nurses must handle pain control, wound care, and teach patients how to care for themselves in a short period of time. Med Surg nurses must also take care of patient admissions and discharge planning.