I wasn't sure where to post this. I work in an outpatient specialty dept in NY state that is starting up a new urology clinic. They will be doing prostate biopsies, urodynamics,etc. I have never worked in this setting but the physician will be training me. I have been an LPN for 15 years and have inserted catheters and collected urine samples.
Question is: They want me to assist with prostate biopsies and will be inserviced on how to use the ultrasound machine. It seems I will be calibrating, cleaning it, etc. The MD wants me to insert the probe into the rectum while he inserts the needle and does the punches for biopsy. Am I allowed to do this as an LPN? Shouldnt this be a ultrasound tech or possibly a urodynamic RN? ( they will be hiring an RN, just not right now.) I called the Professional Office and they stated thats diagnositics. I guess that means I shouldn't be doing this? What about eligard/lupron injections? Can I administer that if it is being given to manage/treat advanced prostate ca??? I really dont think so. I don't know what other tests are performed in a urologists office and what I'm allowed to do under my license. The facility doesn't seem to know and no one is really taking action so I need to protect my license. Can Anyone Help Me! Thank you in advance.