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Medical Surgical Registered Nurse

Medical-surgical nursing is the foundation of all nursing practice. Once upon a time and not so very long ago, all nurses practiced the art and science of nursing on wards; everyone was a medical or surgical nurse -- that is where all nursing started. Today, many nurses choose to practice in the specialty of medical-surgical nursing.

Medical-surgical nursing has evolved from an entry-level position to a distinct specialty. It is no longer viewed as a stepping-stone, but is the solid rock and the backbone of every institution. Medical-surgical nurses are the largest group of practicing professionals. It is one of the most demanding nursing specialties.

Tonja Strickland, BSN, RN, is the Nurse Manager of the Med/Surg Unit at Weeks Medical Center. During her nursing career, Tonja has worked as a staff nurse, clinical supervisor, palliative care coordinator and in her current position as nurse manager. She says, “I love what I do and enjoy the staff. My management philosophy is to take care of her nurses so that they are able to care for our patients.” Tonja likes to hire staff members who are upbeat, positive and energetic, and want to be part of a team committed to fulfilling Weeks Medical Center’s vision.