Orthopaedic Nursing

Orthopaedic nursing is a specialty focused on providing direct care to patients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system including broken or fractured bones, joint disease, arthritis, tendinitis, tendon rupture, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, and congenital conditions to name just a few. A profession in orthopaedic nursing requires an understanding of the musculoskeletal system anatomy and physiology, keen neurovascular assessment skills, knowledge of orthopaedic diagnostic studies, complications related to surgical procedures and trauma, therapeutic modalities (continuous passive motion, ambulatory devices, fixators, traction, etc.) casting, and pain management. Orthopaedic nurses may work in a variety of settings including hospitals (surgical units or operating rooms), outpatient care clinics, ambulatory care units, surgical centers, and offices. These nurses care for patients in both the chronic and acute stages of disease, assist with increasing mobility and provide education to promote compliance with ongoing treatments.

In this Orthopaedic Nursing Resource Center, we’ve put together resources to help you provide the best care to the patients you see. Our Nursing Pocket Cards are quick references to refer to when you are caring for an orthopaedic patient. Refer to the Guideline Summaries to learn need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your orthopaedic nursing career.

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