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Medical-Surgical Nurse Jobs

With Trustaff, you can have the ultimate adventure as a medical-surgical travel nurse. If you want to travel and experience new people and new locations, this job could be a great fit for you. 

What Is a Medical-Surgical Nurse?

A medical-surgical — or med-surg — nurse has broad experience in the nursing profession. Because of this vast experience, med-surg nurses are vital for patient care in hospitals.

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Qualifications of Medical-Surgical Nursing

Medical-surgical nurses must have a bachelor's or associate degree in nursing or a related degree with a successful pass on the NCLEX exam. Traveling nursing in this department has additional requirements, as well, such as:

  • One to two years of experience in the medical-surgical unit of a hospital

  • An active license or valid accreditation in the U.S.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification

Some hospitals around the country may require other certifications or criteria for their specific hospital. Be sure to check with your recruiter for more information.

A Day in the Life of a Medical-Surgical Nurse

A med-surg nurse will work mainly with pre- and post-surgical patients who have various conditions and needs throughout the day. As a result, this position can include a mixture of healthcare and administration responsibilities.

While specifics can vary on the patient's condition, med-surg nurses will often:

  • Administer medication

  • Monitor vital signs

  • Manage, operate and maintain IVs, feeding tubes, oxygen tubes, catheters or other post-surgical equipment

  • Offer solutions for pain management

  • Provide proper wound care around incisions and stitches

A medical-surgical nurse's job can also involve several administrative duties for a patient's health records, including:

  • Managing discharge paperwork

  • Educating clients on discharge care

  • Performing and charting clinical assessments of the patient

  • Assisting doctors or providers with ordering diagnostic tests

  • Monitoring and documenting a patient's progress

  • Staying in communication with other care team members

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What Is a Medical-Surgical Nurse's Average Salary?

A med-surg travel nurse will make an average of $104,000 annually — although this number is dependent on factors such as your certifications, additional skills, years of experience, location and more.

With Trustaff, your salary can also vary based on the position you are taking and in which of the 50 states you will be working. Most of our assignments are 13 weeks long, and we pay our nurses through a weekly direct deposit.

Why Become a Trustaff Traveler?

We want our employees to feel encouraged and connected, which is why we foster community among our team members, no matter where you are. Join our conversations on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok or X, formerly known as Twitter, to get to know travel nurses just like you. We also provide education opportunities to further your career knowledge, professional skillset and personal wellness. Check out our Ingenovis Health ACT program for additional resources.

Find the perfect travel job

Trustaff has thousands of healthcare jobs. Apply online today or contact us for more information.