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NEW: Chapter Forums

Discuss any aspect of chapters: how they work, mentoring, event planning, help with starting a new chapter, recruiting new members, and everything in-between! Individual chapters are also encouraged to have a forum of their own - which is free for the asking! Open to Members and non-members.
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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! Can’t make it to Orlando? Join us online!
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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. You only pay when you succeed, guaranteed!
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AMSN Welcomes a New Chapter in Texas!

The Woodlands Montgomery County #608 joins the Texas Chapters - welcome aboard! View all of the AMSN Charter Chapters. Don't see a chapter in your area? Start one of your own!

Going to the Convention in September 11-14 in Orlando??

We'll be taking "Real Nurse" pictures of attendees, be a part of it... answer the AMSNCB Photo Shoot Application Questions!

Alliance Report: Progress Being Made in Patient Malnutrition

The organization, the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, is marking its first anniversary with a report assessing malnutrition epidemic in U.S. hospitals.

An Interview Invitation and Call for Focus Group Participants

The AMSN Board of Directors is in the process of developing a clear, sound, current definition and distinguishing characteristics of medical-surgical nursing practice. To achieve this end, we would like to utilize input and practice exemplars from experienced medical-surgical clinical nurses....

Announcing the AMSN Chapter Forums!

The forums contained within "AMSN Chapters" are for AMSN members (and non-members) to discuss any aspect of chapters - how they work, event planning, recruiting new members, and everything in-between! Individual chapters are also encouraged to have a forum of their own - which is free for the asking!

Industry & Career News

Where Are the Nurses?

They’re called “nursing homes,” so most of us assume that they have nurses — registered nurses — on the premises. But not all the time. In some facilities, not even most of the time.

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...

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

Priscilla, RN, BSN

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

As a new graduate I am currently working on a med/surg floor. For me the floor is like a study hall. I have learned so much already!

The floor offers so many learning opportunity. It is definitely a valuable experience to gain.

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!