The most distinguishing characteristic of med-surg nurses is that they are master coordinators. They are the orchestra conductors, the movie producers, and the air traffic controllers of their hospital units. As such, med-surg nurses are some of the most skilled and cool-headed multitaskers you will ever meet. At any moment, a med-surg nurse is juggling care for several patients administering medications, educating families, discharging patients and admitting new ones, all while keeping the entire health care team on the same page. As the go-to health care professional on the unit, the med-surg nurse needs high-level critical thinking skills, vast knowledge of disease states and body systems, robust management skills, and the ability to stay calm under pressure. Med-surg nurses are always in motion physically, clinically, intellectually, and emotionally. They are the health care professionals who are coordinating care for patients 24/7.