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Orthopaedic nurses care for patients of all ages who have actual and potential musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. An orthopedic nurse may provide assessments and educate patients about braces, prosthetics, and other orthopedic equipment. The nurse must be interested in the care of patients before and after surgery involving the musculoskeletal system, such as total hip replacement, arthroscopy, total knee replacement, or spinal surgery. Orthopedic nursing is full of opportunities for dedicated and highly skilled nurses who want to work with patients with orthopedic conditions. Work settings include sports medicine clinics, sports franchises, hospitals, clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers.


RN preparation is required. The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board provides a credentialing mechanism that validates proficiency in orthopedic nursing practice. Candidates who meet the following criteria are eligible to take the examination: currently licensed as an RN; 2 years of professional nursing practice; and having a minimum of 1,000 hours of work experience in orthopedic nursing within the past 3 years.


  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of the laws of physics
  • Interest in sports and physical activity


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