Surgical Nursing is the provision of care to patients before, during and after surgery. Surgical nurses closely with the operating surgeon to make the surgical procedure go as smoothly as possible. This includes preparing the patient for surgery, assisting the surgeon by providing tools and following instructions and providing care post-surgery. The employment of registered nurses, including medical-surgical nurses, is expected to rise by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, much quicker than other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The average annual salary of medical-surgical nurses is $65,000.
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