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Orthopedic Nursing

Orthopedic nursing is a nursing specialty focused on the prevention and treatment and medication of musculoskeletal disorders. Orthopedic issues start from acute problems such as fractures or hospitalization for joint replacement to chronic systemic disorders like loss of bone density or lupus erythematosus. Orthopedic nurses have specialized skills such as neurovascular status monitoring, traction, continuous passive motion therapy, casting, and care of patients with external fixation. These orthopedic issues include conditions like arthritis, bone fractures, broken bones, joint replacements, genetic malformations, arthritis, and osteoporosis. Orthopedic nurses are familiar with traction, casting, mobility devices, and pain management. When musculoskeletal conditions require surgery, orthopedic nurses assist physicians with preparation for the procedure and assist patients with their postoperative recovery. Some orthopedic nurses may even work in the operating room. Gerontological nurses are also called geriatric nurses, they care specifically for elderly patients. Professionals who specialize in this area often work in rehabilitation centers, hospice facilities, nursing homes, geriatricians' offices, and patients' homes for one-on-one care.