Orthopedic Nurse

Care for patients who have bone, joint, or muscle disorders.

What does an Orthopedic Nurse do?

Orthopedics is a specialized branch of medicine that deals with the joints, muscles, and bones of the skeletal system. Because the study is dedicated to such a specific area of the body, there are Doctors ( Orthopedic Physicians ), Orthopedic Assistants, Orthopedic Surgeons, and Orthopedic Nurses who help patients manage and improve injuries, deformities, and the effects of disease. The Orthopedic Nurse cares for patients undergoing treatment or surgery.

As an Orthopedic Nurse, you might work at a hospital, clinic, rehabilitation center, operating room, or even the patient’s home. In some cases, your duties include observing surgical wounds and offering postoperative care. In fact, in the surgical realm, you care for the patient before, during, and after surgery. Common procedures include hip replacements, knee operations, and spinal surgery.

Outside of replacing limbs and joints, you might work in the preventative side of things. That means you use your understanding of the skeletal system to educate Athletes, senior citizens, and rehabilitated patients about how to avoid future damage and injuries.

Whether you go to the patient’s home, see patients at a clinic, or are the first fuzzy smile the patient sees after surgery, your empathy and understanding are always put to good use. You answer questions, help the family formulate an after-care plan, reassure the patient, and address the emotional side of losing a limb or struggling with disease.