Hi, I'm a new grad nurse working at an assisted living facility. A nursing student reported that one of our residents had an impaction and after doing a digital extraction (without my consent) started bleeding. I informed my supervisor right away and told me to continue the extraction because this was "normal" for her. I went back and checked to see if the resident is still actively bleeding. There was still some bleeding going on but not as much as it was. I was hesitant to do the dis-impaction because of 3 main reasons:
- I never did it before and I am unsure of all the precautions to take when doing this procedure.
- I'm not sure if there are any special precautions needed for people actively bleeding. and
- I don't even think it's ok to digitally disimpact someone who is actively bleeding. I called my supervisor again for assistance but she just got mad and told me that I am not willing to learn new things.
Was wondering who is in the wrong in this situation, it's been bothering me all night last night and made me look at my supervisor a different way now.