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Advanced practice nurses have a great deal in common with physicians. Both prescribe medications, diagnose & treat diseases and injuries, & order laboratory and other diagnostic tests. Certified registered nurse anesthetists are advanced practice nurses who are most similar to anesthesiologists, and they may be doctors of nursing as well. It can be pretty difficult to determine the difference between these nurses and a doctor such as an anesthesiologist because what they do is so similar.

Nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners, also referred to as advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), coordinate patient care and may provide primary and specialty healthcare.

A surgical nurse, more correctly called a perioperative nurse, is a vital part of the surgical team. The registered nurse in the operating room may perform tasks in the preoperative, intraoperative or postoperative phase of surgery. Perioperative nurses may work in hospitals, outpatient or ambulatory surgery centers, clinics and physicians offices. Perioperative nurses work with other members of the surgical team, the patient and family members to ensure the surgery is safe and effective.

A surgical nurse, more correctly called a perioperative nurse, is a vital part of the surgical team. The registered nurse in the operating room may perform tasks in the preoperative, intraoperative .