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Clinical Practice Q&A

The CPQ&A is an area to regularly visit for information regarding the many clinical topics outlined below. The questions were sent in from visitors to the website and answered by the AMSN Clinical Practice Committee.
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The AMSN Premier Recognition In the Specialty of Med-Surg (PRISM) Award, provides special recognition to the exemplary practice of medical-surgical units. Is Your Unit Exemplary? Apply Now!
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FailSafe Certification

The Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board, the affiliated certifying board of AMSN, has a program to help both the health care facility and the nurse: The MSNCB FailSafe Certification Program. You only pay when you succeed, guaranteed!
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Available Now:

The MedSurg Nursing Journal September/October 2015 is available online...

AMSN Convention CE Reminder

Please evaluate your sessions from the AMSN Annual Convention by October 26, 2015...

New Era for Patient Care

PRESS RELEASE: October 5, 2015 - Pitman, NJ – Just-Launched Nursing Certification in Care Coordination Means Smoother Passage through the Health Care System.

New Clinical Practice Q&A in Staffing

Question: I'm looking for acuity tools for nurse-patient assignments...

Monthly Free CNE for October 2015

"Moral Distress: What to Do When You Are Powerless to Do the Right Thing Conference," from the 2014 AMSN Convention, 1.25 contact hours.

The Nurse as Leader

PRESS RELEASE: September 29, 2015 - Pitman, NJ, New program is first of its kind to educate clinical nurses on their health care leadership role.

Industry & Career News

On the Job: 3 Ways to Catch Your Breath

(From the AMSN Career Center): Quick and easy coping strategies for the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed at work.

Starting Your Search: Make Your Resume Mobile-Friendly

(From the AMSN Career Center): Maximize minimal screen space with these three tips!

Gender Disparities Persist in Academic Medicine

Striking gender disparities remain among faculty at U.S. medical schools and in the medical research field, two new studies reveal.

Interprofessional Collaboration: The Nurse Perspective

As health care becomes more interconnected, coordinating care between disciplines has become increasingly important. And, according to the World Health Organization, interprofessional collaboration improves patient outcomes.

NCSBN Debuts “New Nurses: Your License to Practice” Video

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing Inc. (NCSBN), has debuted the video, New Nurses: Your License to Practice, to help new nursing students and newly licensed nurses better understand nursing licensure and regulation.

Patient Safety Primers: Alert Fatigue

The rapidly increasing computerization of health care has produced benefits for clinicians and patients. Yet the integration of technology into medicine has been anything but smooth...

What Do YOU LOVE About Being a Med-Surg Nurse?


I love being at the bedside, the diversity of care, and the amazing med-surg nurses that work beside me!.

Read Mary's It's All About You! story in AMSN Chapters, titled "Starting Our New AMSN Chapter and its Success!"

JudyAnn, RN

Sometimes, when I am being asked this question, I actually pause for a while and then start thinking back. I have been doing med-surg nursing now for more than 26 years and on going, starting from Asia, Europe and North America, then I must really love being a nurse. I love med-surg because there's a lot to learn every single day, especially with this new technology where surgeries are done differently.

In the last 15 years or so, an appendectomy patient stays in the hospital for two weeks. Where as now, lap appy is a one night stay and for this reason, it also made a change on how we nurses give our care to our patients, considering that now patients ambulates early.

Cecily, RN

I have been a med-surg nurse for over 40 years, most of all of it in one facility. I love this specialty because it's never a dull moment. It's different everyday. People that say they are board with med-surg, I think,are crazy. NO WAY is this possible!

Desi, RN

I love that the sheer breadth of the conditions I see on a daily basis forces me to constantly expand my knowledge base and refine my critical thinking. The fast paced environment coupled with the high acuity makes for challenging, and rewarding shifts.

Antonio, RN BSN,BC EMT-B

I love being a Med-surg RN because I love bedside nursing in general. I enjoy taking care of patients and making rounds at bedside with the physicians. I learn a lot about the past history of the patients and can ask the physicians questions about disease processes.

Keyna, RN

First of all,I am proud to be a nurse,then a med/surge nurse.Being a med/surge is having the qualification and knowledge(knowledge is power) to give the best care at any time and anywhere,be it at your place of work,your house and or in your community.It's knowing the best thing to do at any giving time when the occasion calls for it.As you know that nursing is the only profession that embodies every other profession in it.Example we educate as teacher,recommend the best diet ,as dietician,help with balancing as a physical therapist,treat as doctor,council as psychologist etc.Nursing/med/surge nursing is a rounded profession.


Being there for the patients is what always bind me to being a Med-surg nurse. The roles of a nurse are endless but being able to communicate and to give quality time are things that we practically do everyday at work, sometimes even without knowing it.


I have been a die-hard surg nurse for more than 40 years. I never tire of this specialty. Day in and day out it is NEVER boring.

Read Cecily's It's All About You! story in Healthy Practice Environment, titled "Making Changes in Your Work Environment - Education is the Key."

Sabina, BSN, RN, CMSRN

I am not restricted to just one group of patient population. The wide variety of patients to care for, constantly motivates me to keep learning. I have been a med-surg nurse for 18 years and love moving on to be a Nurse practitioner in the same field!


Medical-Surgical Nursing is a fulfilling career because of the diversity in the patients population. It allows me to be knowledgeable in many different aspects in nursing. Empowering me to educate and encourage my patients and their families in disease processes and most importantly preventative measures. Med./Surg. Nursing continues to enrich my career and this is a priceless education.


I love the teaching aspect of Med.-Surg. nursing. Being able to effectively heal my patient's and then teach them about healthier lifestyles or ways to prevent recurring problems from happening again. Information is power and empowering my patients with evidence based information will hopefully lead them to a healthier lifestyle.


Med-surg nursing is a passion, a passion that has offered me the opportunity to excel in my profession of nursing. I am proud to be part of a team that provides high quality care with measurable outcomes. With a staff that takes pride in their work and profession I am proud to say that our team consist of many med-surg certified nurses. Our organization not only supports certification but encourages certification. Med-surg nurses are versatile and adapt to various situations with grace and knowledge. I am confident that once a med-surg nurse always a med-surg nurse proud to be part of this distinguished specialty.

Daisy Singh, RN

I love everything about being a med-surg nurse. I love the idea of going to work and doing little things to make someone's day better. I like to make people feel more confident and happy with themselves. I love changing people's lives for the better and educating them and inform them so they know how I'm helping and how much they've improved.

Vincent, RN, MSN, CMSRN

The most rewarding career ever! You get to help people when they need help the most. You get paid to care, teach, and motivate.

Tamika, CMSRN

What I love about being a med-surg nurse is the vast amount of experiences and learning opportunities offered by the specialty; and the broad knowledge base that it has provided me to take care of just about any patient.


I love the diversity of my patients. the daily challenges I face and the great outcomes.

Chelsea, RN BSN

I love that every day there is something new to learn. We have daily opportunities to touch the lives of our patients. Life is never boring in med-surg! I love being an Army nurse because I get to take care of the best patients in the world!

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