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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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Call For Task Force Participants

Here's an opportunity for you to be on one of our teams! AMSN is seeking enthusiastic members to participate on the Defining Medical-Surgical Nursing Task Force.

2014 Clinical Practice Award Winner Announced

The 2014 Clinical Practice Award winner is Julie A. Green, RN. She is a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio...

Keeping You on a Healthy Diet of Nutrition Information

Nurses can take the lead in their practice environments with downloadable evidence-based resources and tools from The Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition.

Be an Early Bird and Register for the 23rd Annual AMSN Convention; Sep. 11-14, 2014; Orlando, by July 9th and SAVE!

SAVE $65, AMSN members: Save an additional $100, Groups of 3+ members: Save $25 each! View all Deals and Discounts!

FREE CNE for July 2014!

"Diabetes Mellitus Update 2013," This session provides an update on diabetes mellitus and its related complications. Pathophysiology and pharmacotherapy...

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?


"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!