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How does a basic RN become a Surgical Nurse?

In the US, after attaining an associate degree in Nursing, what must one do in order to become a Surgical Nurse/First Assistant? How long would it take? Thanks.

Asked By: Johnny Nevada - 1/11/2009
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You would have to find a nurse first assist training program (which may be at the masters level now, in which case you would need a 4 year bachelors RN and then work as an OR nurse for 1-2 years). They are in direct competition with surgical physician assistants; so jobs are scarce in places. As to just becoming an OR... More
Answered By: Diane A - 1/11/2009
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