Plastic Surgery Nurse

Care for patients undergoing reconstructive surgery.

What does a Plastic Surgery Nurse do?

A Plastic Surgery Nurse, also known as a Reconstructive Surgery Nurse, cares for patients who undergo plastic or reconstructive surgery to improve or augment their appearance. When a patient gets plastic surgery, it’s called “having work done” for a reason. Just ask the likes of Joan Rivers, Cher, and Bruce Jenner, all of who have (allegedly) had plenty of it: Although the best Plastic Surgeons make it look effortless, surgically altering a patient’s appearance requires a lot of time, a lot of money, and a lot of pain, not to mention a lot of hands — at least one pair of which should belong to a Plastic Surgery Nurse.

As a Plastic Surgery Nurse, you’re employed in both hospitals and private offices, and you assist Doctors who specialize in such procedures, such as Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists.

Patients may see those Doctors for a number of reasons, ranging from medical — for example, skin lesions, congenital deformities, burns, varicose veins, and facial fractures — to cosmetic: for instance, facelifts, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and liposuction. Either way, it’s your responsibility as a Plastic Surgery Nurse to participate in patients’ care by performing all the usual duties that are handled by a Nurse. For instance, you maintain patient records, check vital signs, draw blood, dress wounds, and administer medications. You also sterilize equipment and operating tables before plastic surgery, and educate patients about the recovery process after it.

Don’t get the wrong impression, though: Although your duties are typical of the nursing profession, your patients are not. Because they’re not usually sick — just sagging — your days are always interesting!