Ward Class

An Online Resource Site For Student Nurses


Ward Class is an online resource for student nurses. Created with the aim of helping student nurses cope with the demands of nursing school and clinicals, it offers free downloads, notes, sample NCPs, sample drug studies, study aids, news and updates, and practical tips to its users.

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The December 2012 PRC Nursing Board Exam Result is already available here at Ward Class and at Pinoy R.N.

Career Spotlight: Medical/Surgical Nursing

During my clinical rotations as a nursing student, more often than not, I was assigned to the medical/surgical floor. Of course, I had been inside the OR and DR units but considering the number of nursing students who vie for the much-coveted OR and DR slots, my exposure to the said areas were short and infrequent.

Frankly speaking, I prefer to work in a medical/surgical unit. If I am to choose an area of assignment, the med-surg floor would win hands-down for me. It is one great area to jumsptart a fresh graduate's nursing career. Working as a medical/surgical nurse will provide entry-level nurses with basic nursing experience and the opportunity to interact with adult patients with a wide variety of conditions. Medical/surgical nurses care for adult patients recovering from surgeries, patients hospitalized due to acute illnesses, or even patients with chronic diseases.

For student nurses who consider a career in medical/surgical nursing, the following may interest you:

What do medical/surgical nurses do?

Medical/surgical nurses work with a variety of medical and surgical patients. They conduct patient assessment, develop and implement individualized nursing care plans, provide patient and family education, and coordinate closely with other health care professionals on matters pertaining to the patient's recovery and progress.

What type of health care organizations employ medical/surgical nurses?

Medical/surgical nurses can work in a variety of settings. They may seek employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and outpatient clinics.

What are available specialty areas in medical/surgical nursing?

Health care facilities may have separate units for similar ailments or clinical conditions. Thus, a medical/surgical nurse may work in a variety of specialty areas such as the cardiac, pulmonary, oncology, orthopedic, and neurology units.

What is the expected salary range for medical/surgical nurses?

Online sources say that a medical/surgical nurse in the United States earns roughly $55,000 to $75,000 per annum. Figures, however, vary from state to state and may be affected by a variety of factors. While we don't have the figures for countries such as New Zealand, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, we can safely assume that nursing is a high-paying job in these countries even for entry-level positions.

And so, our beloved nursing students, I hope you found this blog entry helpful. However, if you are determined to work as a medical/surgical nurse in the Philippines right after graduation, be forewarned that it won't be as financially-rewarding as you would want it to be. Still, it will be a great opportunity for you to hone your nursing skills.


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