Plastic Surgery Nursing
“Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Admit it, if you’re a girl, you’ve at least said this to yourself while studying yourself in the mirror. People nowadays get too caught up with how look and how they make an impression on others. They get so concerned about their appearance that even at the slightest sign of aging, they retort to some ways that would help them look younger and fresher. We may find ourselves admiring the effect of modern technology on people’s lives nowadays, amazing how with just a few clicks and a few this, a few that, one can look a couple of years younger. But what would you say if you get to see this transformation every day? What’s your take on being a plastic surgery nurse?
What is Plastic Surgery Nursing?
Also known by the term reconstructive surgery nurses, plastic surgery nurses are those licensed registered nurses (RNs) with additional certification in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. They work to assist reconstructive surgeons and care for their patients. Being involved in this field involves providing perioperative and post-operative care, assisting surgeons with procedures, and treating patients during their recovery.
Plastic surgery nurses help patients who are dealing with everything from cosmetic procedures to reconstructive treatments for victims of burns and other injuries. They care for patients undergoing cosmetic and maxillofacial surgery, laser and microsurgery, and nonsurgical treatments to correct aesthetic problems. Reconstructive surgery nurses help care for patients before, during, and after reconstructive surgery.
These nurses conduct in-depth physical examination as part of the assessment before the surgery itself. In many cases, internal images, such as x-rays and ultrasounds, will also need to be examined before the actual surgery is attempted in order to ensure that the surgery is safe and feasible.
They are also often responsible for prepping patients for surgery. They may advise patients not to eat the night before the surgery, and as well help administer anesthesia. Also, the will usually be responsible for sterilizing and setting up equipment and tools needed for surgery.
During the surgery, these nurses assist the surgeon and hand them tools and performing basic surgical tasks. They are also responsible for monitoring patients during surgical procedures to ensure that they remain stable.
After the surgery, the role of reconstructive surgery is to care for patients: monitoring them until they come out of anesthesia and help ensure that they remain stable. They will also need to change dressings, administer medications, and assist patients with everyday tasks (i.e., bathing and dressing). These nurses will also be responsible for getting patients ready to go home. Demonstration on how to care for wounds and change bandages and dressings may be done and reconstructive surgery nurses may also give their patients daily living tips.
Steps to Become a Plastic Surgery Nurse
So, now you’re intrigued of this job and want to join the bandwagon. But how?
First, you must earn your bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing. While you’re earning this degree, you should take several courses in general surgery and patient recovery. There are some who begin by participating in a 1-year licensing program through a hospital, community college, or vocational school to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or licensed vocational nurses (LVNs). Most LPNs or LVNs then accumulate a few years of on-the-job professional experience before pursuing a BSN degree.
After which, you will then need to pass the proper licensure examination to become either a registered nurse or and advanced practice nurse (NCLEX-RN)
You can then obtain certification through the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board. To be eligible to take the certification examination, you will need to have at least two years of nursing experience in a plastic surgery setting within the prior five years to taking the examination.
Like registered nurses of all kinds, plastic surgery nurses have job opportunities in hospitals, private clinics, and outpatient care centers.
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