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Orthopedic Nurse

An orthopedic nurse is a registered nurse (RN) with specialized training in caring for patients with musculoskeletal issues. This can include broken bones, sprains, arthritis, joint replacements, and other conditions affecting bones, joints, muscles, and tendons. They work in various settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, and even patients’ homes.

  • What are their roles and responsibilities?

    Independent Responsibilities:

    • Assessing and monitoring patients’ conditions
    • Educating patients on their conditions and treatment plans
    • Administering medications, including pain management
    • Providing wound care and dressing changes
    • Assisting with physical therapy exercises
    • Monitoring vital signs and assessing pain levels
    • Referring patients to specialists as needed

    Responsibilities with Physician Supervision:

    • Assisting with surgical procedures
    • Setting casts and splints
    • Performing joint injections
    • Interpreting X-rays and other imaging studies

    Training for Telehealth Orthopedic Nursing:

    • Basic RN licensure: This is the foundation for all nursing practice, including telehealth.
    • Orthopedic nursing certification: While not mandatory, it demonstrates specialized knowledge and skills in this area.
    • Telehealth training: This could include courses on specific telehealth platforms, legal and ethical considerations, and virtual patient assessment techniques.

    Practicing Telehealth Legally:

    • State licensure: You need to be licensed as an RN in the state(s) where you plan to practice telehealth.
    • Organizational compliance: Ensure the telehealth platform you use complies with HIPAA and other relevant regulations.
    • Physician collaboration: In most cases, you will need a collaborating physician for referrals, supervision, and certain procedures.

    OpenTelemed’s Telehealth Practice Setup Program:

    OpenTelemed offers a program that can help you set up your own telehealth practice as an orthopedic nurse. They claim to:

    • Provide legal compliance guidance and agreements.
    • Offer self-paced training and internship opportunities.
    • Assist with credentialing with various insurance companies.
    • Connect you with relevant resources and patients.

    Financial Considerations:

    Starting your own telehealth practice requires careful financial planning. Consider the costs of training, equipment, malpractice insurance, marketing, and other overhead. OpenTelemed claims you can expect 200-500 patients per month after completing their program, but income will depend on various factors.


    • Telehealth is a growing field, but it’s crucial to understand the legal and ethical considerations before diving in.
    • Seek guidance from experienced professionals and ensure you have the necessary training and support.
    • Carefully assess the financial viability of starting your own practice.


    While OpenTelemed may offer resources and support, it’s important to conduct thorough research and compare different programs before making a decision. Ensure their claims align with your expectations and state regulations.

    Beyond OpenTelemed:

    Explore other organizations and resources available to support your telehealth journey. Consider professional associations, other training programs, and networking opportunities.

    Empowering Your Passion:

    Remember, regardless of the platform you choose, your passion for providing quality care is key. Continuously hone your skills, stay updated on best practices, and prioritize patient well-being.