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How to Become a Surgical Nurse

There are few professions that are as gratifying and rewarding as that of a nurse. There are a number of different specialties that a nurse can choose to pursue ranging from oncology to pediatrics and even neonatology. Individuals that are interested in assisting doctors during surgical procedures can choose to become a surgical nurse. This will require added experience and education but it can also lead to a higher salary and a more rewarding career path. In order to become a surgical nurse an individual will need to follow a few basic steps.

If a person is not already employed as a nurse then it will be necessary for them to gain admission to the nursing program at the school of their choice. Depending on the school that an individual has chosen, there may be more interested candidates than spaces available which can lead to an individual making several attempts to qualify for enrollment before he or she is admitted. Nursing classes generally include subjects ranging from physiology to biology and anatomy to biochemistry. It is not uncommon for nursing programs to require that individuals maintain a certain GPA in order to advance from one point of their education to the next.

Individuals interested becoming surgical nurses may also need to take anywhere from one semester to a year of clinical education. This education will expose the individual to hands-on training that is directly applicable to their field of study. This type of training is usually, but not always, conducted under the supervision of an experienced nurse in a hospital. The next step is for the individual to pass the National Council on Licensure Exam for nurses. This exam is graded strictly on a pass/fail basis it is possible for an individual to take the exam more than once.

Once all the necessary examinations have been passed, an individual can then become certified as an operating room nurse. Certification can generally be completed in as little as two semesters and will cover a variety of different subjects. Depending on where an individual is located they can expect to earn anywhere from $60,000 a year to $80,000 a year as a surgical nurse. Demand for qualified surgical nurses is expected to rise by anywhere from 10 to 20% over the next decade meaning that there has never been a better time for interested individuals to pursue their dream of becoming a surgical nurse.