Scope and Standards

Know Your Responsibilities as Medical-Surgical Nurse

Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice, Revised 7th edition

The Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) is pleased to announce the 7th edition of the Scope and Standards of Medical-Surgical Nursing Practice. This revision addresses needed competencies and recommended standards for nursing practice and professional performance in the specialized area of medical-surgical nursing.

As part of the revision process, AMSN has completed public review and comment on the current draft of the 7th Edition. This current draft of the manuscript has been reviewed by the AMSN Board of Directors. The Scope and Standards Editorial Taskforce also intends to submit the 7th edition to the American Nurses Association (ANA) for approval.

We anticipate publication of the updated edition in early 2024.

For other questions, please contact Jessica Scott, AMSN Education Senior Manager, at