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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.
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Register Online Now!

23rd AMSN Annual Convention Website is now online. Look at your practice in an entirely new way, launch your career to a higher level, meet other nurses who share your goals, earn up to 15.25 CNE contact hours. Make your hotel reservations here too!
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It's All About YOU!

"It's All About YOU!" features YOUR stories. Submit stories, pictures, videos, and first-hand accounts of your experiences to share with the visitors of AMSN. Most categories open to all med-surg nurses worldwide. Pictured: 2014 Career Mobility Scholarship winner Roque Anthony Velasco.
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Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Opens TODAY!

AMSN provides an opportunity for a member of AMSN to attend NIWI each year. AMSN awards one (1) grant to cover the cost of registration for NIWI plus hotel expenses throughout the event...

FREE CNE for August 2014!

"Vascular Dementia," The bedside nurse plays a key role in identifying and treating hospitalized patients with vascular dementia. 1.00 CH, which includes 0.25 hour(s) of Pharmacology Credit...

It's All About YOU! - Proud AMSN Member Mary Ann Killian BSN,CMSRN, Shares Her Story

My unit, E2, received the Reading Health System 2014 Nursing Excellence Award for Unit/Department Professional Excellence...

More Recipients of the Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN) Recertification Grant Announced

Five more recipients have been announced today, find out who they are..

Medical Surgical Unit Lighting Survey

The Georgia Tech SimTigrate Design Lab, with support of Acuity Brands, Inc., is evaluating the lighting conditions of nurses working in medical surgical inpatient units...

Industry & Career News

Nutrition Campaign Wins PR Award

On June 12, the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, of which AMSN is a key partner, received the Silver Anvil Award, the public relations industry’s top honor, for 2013’s outstanding public service campaign.

Looking for a Med-Surg Nursing Job?

(From the AMSN Career Center) Find up-to-the-minute listings for med-surg nursing jobs in your area. Search by category, location, employer, date posted, or career level.

Healthcare Job Outlook: Most New Jobs Projected

(From the AMSN Career Center) Consider the following highest projected healthcare jobs...

Taking Control Through Shared Governance

The typical healthcare organization's administrative team often includes a nurse leader who has the ultimate decision-making power for nursing processes. In the shared-governance model, however...

Inside The Hiring Manager’s Head At The Job Interview

(From the AMSN Career Center) Knowing what the hiring manager is thinking can give you the edge you need to make a great impression. Do you ever wonder what hiring managers think about during interviews? Whether they stare intensely or scribble in a notebook...

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

Gloria, BSN, RN, CMSRN

What do you love about being a med-surg nurse?

"EVERYTHING! I love the nurses who choose this specialty.

I have a couple of favorite things I tell people about Med/Surg. One is that the hospital would not exist without us!!! Another is that I will put a Med-Surg nurse's assessment skills up against any other specialty.

Med/Surg nurses rock!"

Rocedeelynn, ERN

What do you love about being a med-surg nurse?

"I love how the floor can become a hectic place but my patients keep me grounded.

I love how I can have the busiest assignment but still say "I can take that specimen down to lab for you". I love how challenging a Med-Surg unit can be. I

love my job and my unit."


"Medical-surgical nursing is a true passion of mine. It has never received the recognition it deserves.

Since becoming involved with the AMSN, it has given me renewed energy to help lead the charge on pushing the medical-surgical profession to the forefront."


"I've practiced med-surg nursing in inpatient, home health, home infusion, postpartum/well baby settings and now in ambulatory care -- outpatient obstetrics.

I have used my med-surg knowledge and skills each day in each of these settings. Just yesterday I was on the telephone with an OB patient discussing s/sx of dehydration related to fluid volume deficit (vomiting) and earlier I was assessing a patient's surgical incision (C-Section,POD #7).

I am a better nurse because of my love for med-surg nursing."

Jessie, RN, MSN

"Med-surg is the backbone of nursing. Many nursing skills are used for most type of illnesses. Experience in med-surg is timeless with so many new things to learn you can never become bored."


"I loved this rotation in nursing school. It gives me the chance to meet a variety of patients with different health issues.

I love it when we send home patients in a better state of health. As an adjunct nursing educator in this field, I stress to my students the importance of getting a great medical-surgical background.

This specialty nursing field is the base of the nursing care pyramid. A weak pyramid will fall as the nurse moves into other specialty areas.

I have had the opportunity to move to other specialty areas of the hospital and I chose to stay in the medical-surgical arena." ~Nancy


"Even after 35+years med-surg.is never boring. I learn something new daily and try to pass it on. I love the patient population. Yeah MED-SURG nurses.

I love us!" ~Robena


"It is the backbone of nursing care. It requires you to be organized and well rounded as a nurse, it is never ever boring, and you must constantly stay on your game.

If you are a medical surgical nurse you can work anywhere!!" ~Sue


"The variety. You have a wide variety of illnesses to take care of, and not to mention the wide variety of nursing personalities.

There is never the same thing day in and day out. I also learn something new every day, it may pertain to nursing or the history of the United States.

What more can you ask for, I love it." ~Linda, RN, BSN, CMSRN


"Med-surg is my specialty, there is always something new to learn and at the end of the day the patients show of appreciation of your care is rewarding.

Yes, med-surg can be stressful, patient loads are often high but at the end of the day I look forward to the next work day. 

love being a professional nurse but I especially love being a medical-surgical nurse." ~Joan, CMSRN


"I love seeing my patients health improve and knowing that I helped make that happen!" ~Chris


"I love being a med-surg nurse because I learn something new everyday. My patients are so unique and I am able to dig deeply to understand the complexity of some disease process.

I am never bored, always new and improved knowledge." ~Sonia


"I love watching my patients get well every day. My favorite part of being a med-surg nurse is discharge day!" ~Amanda


"I love that Med-Surg is just like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates: you show up to work and you never know what you're going to get.

The varied populations, age spans, diagnoses, and treatments keep every day interesting and provide opportunities to learn something new!" ~Angela


"I love being a medical surgical nurse because I can care for a variety of patients and the learning never stops.

I am also an educator so everyday and I am teaching and learning and I love it." ~Jeanine

Tell us what you LOVE about being a med-surg nurse!