Quote from LookingAhead
Actually, abortions are not necessarily surgical procedures at all. Many early abortions (which is the focus of ANSIRH, linked to in my previous post) are "medical abortions", completed with the administration of abortifacient drugs such as mifepristone and misoprostol.
Even if an aspiration technique were called for, for example, advanced practice nurses/CNMs are often trained to perform minor surgical procedures such as episiotomies, suturing, and skin biopsies, all of which have their own risks of complications that APRNs/CNMs are also trained to avoid, and manage or transfer to the care of a physician.
In any case, I don't think the OP was asking for the opinions of individual posters on whether or not CNMs should be allow to perform abortions, but rather was seeking advice on programs that offer this training.
I think the OP was trying to avoid an abortion debate, which I 100% agree with.
The "surgical" procedures that you are referring to that CNM's already perform are missing one key element: A placenta.
I fully, 100% support advance practice nursing, but just because you can be trained to perform certain tasks, doesn't mean you should.
Case in point...I saw an interview of a surgeon once that said, "I can pull anyone off the street and teach them to do an appendectomy in probaby 2 to 3 hours. It is not a hard organ to find, nor difficult to retrieve. However, it would take me 10 years to teach you what to do if something goes wrong."