Suturing - page 2

This may be a totally ridiculous question, but.... I am wondering if RN's are allowed to suture?? Is this even allowed, does it vary from state to state, institution to institution, etc. Thanks in... Read More

  1. by   nurseman
    When I was working in a nursing station I was allowed to suture. Had to read a self learning package, pass a test, watch two patients being sutured then have a nurse watch me suture two. I was working in a very isolated community that did not have roads out and you had to fly in. The nearest doctor was a 1-hour helicopter ride away. The College of Nurses of Ontario has special guidelines for Northern Ontario so I was covered legally.
    Would not even suggest that I could suture someone down in civilization.
  2. by   KC CHICK
    Surgeon's Private nurses at my facility suture in the OR setting.
  3. by   jdomep
    Interesting...I live in PA and after the birth of #2 the doc let the RN suture my episiotomy - I guess that wasn't really legal I was hoping I was going to get to do that too - oh well...
  4. by   jnette
    Yep, as stated above, in the AF as a medic, I, too, did plenty of suturing. Also after "getting out" at a Dr.'s clinic where I worked..again, under "his" licence. Don't know that I'd want to do it now without training and certification, but would like to see it added to a nursing skill in that way.

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