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Surgical Nurse Practitioners!

EmchEm EmchEm (New) New

I am an aspiring nursing student, and I was wondering if it's possible to become a med-surg RN before I become a surgical NP. Do surgical Nurse Practitioners generally work alongside the surgeon in the OR, or perform any sort of minor surgery? Much thanks.

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Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 16 years experience.

Not sure how it is everywhere, but in my facility, NPs employed by the surgical group are primarily responsible for rounding on patients, writing orders, and other things related to the pre and post op care of the patient. In surgery, there are very few NPs who will scrub in and assist the surgeon. My facility's surgeon groups lean more towards PAs as assistants in the OR. As for performing minor surgery, that depends on both what you mean by minor surgery and the state's practice acts.


Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience.

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We moved your thread to the Student NP forum where inquires about becoming an NP are found. Good luck.