I am currently finishing my RN. I have worked as an LPN for the last 5 years. In the office where I work we see a ton of ill children and I have never taken a rectal temp. Currently I am doing clinical hours at a different hospital and rectal temps are done on anyone who cannot or will not have a oral temp done. So I guess my question is, are rectal temps done frequently at most facilities. I disscusses this with our local NICU docs and was told the risk out weighs the benifits, so I am just wondering how this are done else where. Thank you for your input.