Orthopedics and Trauma Nursing
Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system, which consists primarily of muscles and bones. Disorders, diseases, and injuries to this vital system can be painful and devastating. Orthopedic nursing focuses on the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. 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 assists patients with their postoperative recovery. An orthopedic nurse is an expert in orthopedic conditions and caring for patients experiencing these conditions.