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The AMSN Hub

An online social & professional networking resource exclusively for AMSN members designed to make your experience as a member more valuable by providing opportunities to discuss practice related topics and the ability to network and collaborate with your peers.

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Is your unit exemplary? Receive the med-surg unit award that gives you and your colleagues the recognition you deserve for excellence in patient care, leadership and a healthy practice environment. 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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ASPEN’s Malnutrition Awareness Week™

Help support the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition’s Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM and sharing the following information with your networks.

Another Proud CRMSN!

Christy Swinson, MSN, FNP-C, CMSRN comments on her certification: "I can't believe it's been 10 years since my initial CMSRN certification..."

See Who Just Got Certified!

Have you recently earned your CMSRN or CCCTM credential? Then you're included in our lists.

New Position Statements

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) has developed position statements on Physician Assisted Death and Ethical Use of Opioids, as well as guidelines for nurses when hastened death is requested has been added to AMSN Position Statements.

July/August 2017 - MEDSURG Nursing

AMSN Members: The digital edition of the July/August 2017 issue of MEDSURG Nursing is now available for viewing on your desktop, mobile device, or tablet. Archived issues are also available.

Industry & Career News

ANA is Soliciting Public Comments

ANA Professional Issues Panel the ANA Ethics Advisory Board have drafted a proposed Call to Action- and Position Statement respectively... deadline for comments is 5:00 p.m. EDT on September 15.

E-Cigarette Use Linked with Future Cigarette Smoking

Findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis of nine longitudinal studies indicate that e-cigarette use is an independent risk factor for subsequent cigarette smoking initiation in adolescents and young adults.

NICE Network Webinars

ANA Partners with CDC to Improve Infection Prevention and Control Education for Nurses.

8 Things To Know About Nurse Bullying

Judith Meissner, RN, MSN coined the phrase "nurses eat their young" in a 1986 article to describe the hostility young nurses face at the hands of their more experienced coworkers. In a follow-up article published 13 years later, Ms. Meissner said "students, new graduates and even experienced 'new hires'" still suffered intense bullying.

Looking Professional at your Healthcare Interview

(From the AMSN Career Center) Avoid these four mistakes that may ruin your job search process.

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

Aloys, RN

There are many exciting elements of being med-surge nurse including proving nursing care with evidence based to patients as med-surg cover almost many diseases and conditions affecting all health aspects of human beings.

When you work as med-surg in leadership position as I am doing you become role model because you apply knowledge, vocation and professional skills which character good nurse identity, to perform a good patient health assessment, and plan nursing care accordingly.

A med-surg nurse is a good researcher, and able to contribute to new knowledge generation, med-surg nurse provide good health education to patients aiming at behavior change.

Med-surg when become a teacher he/she do it very nicely.

Catherine, RN, CMSRN

The variety! the broad base of knowledge! the constantly challenging group of patients! The fantastic team work, and wonderful co-workers! I'm 4 1/2 years away from retirement, and I will retire from Med-surg.

I find other specialties to be too confining, too specific to a certain population, even if some units are more glamorous and more respected than Med-Surg.

Here, I learn something new every day, and I am certain I contribute to everyone of my patients' comfort and recovery. My wish is that in the future Med-surg will get the consideration it deserves.

Yes, we do a good job. Yes, my unit was the best of all of central Texas Med-surg unit among all run by this corporation!

So why is it we are so undeserving of adequate upgrading?

Patients come from ICU, OR, ER, even from other hospitals to get the best care available! and here we are, an old unit, each man hour recorded meticulously so as not to exceed the allotted monies.

I know my voice will be echoed by many. I still love it, with all its problems.


I love being a med-surg nurse because of the diversity of patient care. You never get bored doing the same thing over and over again.

Each patient presents with various care needs requiring nurses to expand their knowledge base throughout their career as a nurse.

Med-surg nurses can work in any health care environment and take care of any patient populations. Med-surg nurses can go anywhere life takes them.


Cindy Encouraging and supporting the new nurses into the specialty! And letting them know that they will make a difference in their patients lives! How awesome is that?


Being able to make a difference in someone's life.

Shirley, CNS

I love the collaboration with staff nurses who impact on patients lives every day.


Firstly conveying my well greetings to honorable nurses. The medical surgical nurse can give a care to patients in a comprehensive way with the standards of practice to restore the health and prevent complications by particular condition of the critically ill patent. She can produce the care through current knowledge to improve the health status of the patient.

Chidimma, BSN, CMSRN

I love the difference I make in my patients' lives every shift. I love patient education and the understanding that dawns when something is explained and the patient gets it, it always brightens my day and keeps me coming back shift after shift.

Susan, MSN/Ed, RN, CMSRN

I love the variety of working in the med-surg areas. I am one of two med-surg clinical educators. I was formerly a critical care nurse for 18 years then managed a 36-bed post-surgical unit.

The experience on the med-surg unit gave me the new respect for the specialty of working on the floor. That role lasted four and a half years. I felt the call to teach. As the first clinical educator in the hospital in 2003, I gained a new respect for my bedside colleagues.

I worked closely then and now with an amazing team of nurses. I bring new evidence-based knowledge to the bedside and the classroom for the team of med-surg nurses.

I feel I am one of them, a team member, and colleague. Med-surg is definitely a specialty and I'm proud to be a med-surg nurse.

Photo:I'm in the left corner with lab coat with my latest new grad group.


My RN focus has always been placing myself in the patients shoes. Empathy and Compassion and Caring and how can I make the patient experience better for them.

The Golden Rule is the best rule. I think often on how would I want my mom taken care of, or my family member in the same situation. Each day is different and I closely monitor my special group to keep them safe, comfortable and informed and ease their fears . It is such an honor to be able to take care of someone in need and when they smile and let you know they appreciate you it melts your heart and it is OK if they don't.

It really stimulates your mind to have to critically think on very complex med-surg nurses with so many varied diagnoses. I love being a nurse.

Carmela, BSN, RN, CMSRN

I love being a med-surg Nurse because it is full of drama, comedy, adventure and surprises. It can be challenging and tiring most of the time in the ward but at the end of the day it is a nice feeling to know that you took care of your patient and family with love and inspire others.

Bachir, MSN, RN-BC

The diversity of the medical-surgical patients is thrilling and enriching. I loving being at the patient's bedside delivering optimum patient centered care while utilizing my clinical experience and expertise.


Caring for patients and families.

Colleen, RN

I love being a medical-surgical nurse because it allows me to nurture my patients, and really use the nursing skills I was taught to do in nursing school. I work a 3P-3A shift, and this allows me time to assess my patients before I have to rush into medication administration, and throughout the night I have the opportunity to talk with my patients and their families, and share their lives with them. Of course there are hectic nights with patients who have sun-downer's or are incredibly ill, but most of the time I can really spend time with them, and know them before my shift is over at 3AM.

Rowena, BSN, RN, CMSRN

I've been practicing med-surg since 2003 and it has never been boring all this time. The demands of med-surg nursing is so different from other specialties. Keeping up w/ SCIP, HF, Pneumonia, AMI protocols, demanding patients, drug-seeking patients, turning immobile patients every 2 hours, dressing open wounds, 1:1 suicidals, incontinent, tube-feeders, blood sugars every 2 hours... plus... a Rapid Response call on top of that in a shift! Wow! Can anybody handle that? Most will walk away..but med-surg nurses never will.

Aurealyn, BSN, RN-BC

Guam has amazing med-surg nurses, and I am so proud to be one of them! I love coming to work because I do not know what to expect. I love not knowing who your clients will be or what diagnosis you will be dealing with next. It's always a surprise, and that is something I look forward to every day.

Maria, BSN-RN

I love being a nurse because I can relate to my patient's at their level and their age group. I always love connecting with my patient's as my own families, friends, and love ones. Recently, I have an elderly patient she have a CVA that impaired her speech, which cause her to mumble her words. She told me, that she love me and I am very good to her. That's just broke my heart and I told her that I am always good to all my patients. Then she said, "No you are good nurse and you are good to me."

Read many more - and tell us what you LOVE about being a med-surg nurse!