First vaginal exam - page 2

How are new nurses taught vaginal exams? Do you just learn about it in theory, and then go in and do it with the patient unaware you don't know what you are doing? Or does your preceptor go in... Read More

  1. Visit  LoveANurse09 profile page
    0
    I've heard of one school that has the rule, if you dont volunteer, you dont get to practice. Makes sense. This was how it was at my school with practicing IV starts . I was lucky to feel one cervix during my OB practicum (epidural pt), but in regular clinical in school, it was a NO.
  2. Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

  3. Visit  arabianeyez83 profile page
    0
    Quote from epiphany
    Take a female nurse partner and do it on each other. That's what we do in midwifery school. If you can learn on someone else, you can learn on each other. Not so bad as it sounds.

    Ouchhhhhhhhhhhh, no wayyyyy
  4. Visit  PetiteOpRN profile page
    0
    I promise your first vaginal exam will not be this bad:

    My father is a surgeon who knew from the time he attended his first A&P class he wanted nothing to do with anyone's reproductive anything. He's proudest accomplishment in med school was being one of two students who never did a pelvic. No pelvics in internship, either. When he was a 2nd year general surgery resident (so we've had a number of years to completely forget everything we once had to know about female anatomy in med school), the director of the ED decides that every female patient with abdominal pain is getting a pelvic, gosh darn it.

    He is on call at 2am and a woman comes in with abdominal pain. This poor woman is clad in a burqa, and doesn't speak a word of English. This was 30 years ago, so cultural sensitivity was not yet in vogue, and I don't know if a female staff member had to be present for the exam. He sticks his hand in, without a clue of what he's supposed to be doing, and she cries out in pain, intermittently.

    So, no matter who you are, you are probably doing a better job than the one above.
  5. Visit  arabianeyez83 profile page
    0
    Quote from PetiteOpRN
    I promise your first vaginal exam will not be this bad:

    My father is a surgeon who knew from the time he attended his first A&P class he wanted nothing to do with anyone's reproductive anything. He's proudest accomplishment in med school was being one of two students who never did a pelvic. No pelvics in internship, either. When he was a 2nd year general surgery resident (so we've had a number of years to completely forget everything we once had to know about female anatomy in med school), the director of the ED decides that every female patient with abdominal pain is getting a pelvic, gosh darn it.

    He is on call at 2am and a woman comes in with abdominal pain. This poor woman is clad in a burqa, and doesn't speak a word of English. This was 30 years ago, so cultural sensitivity was not yet in vogue, and I don't know if a female staff member had to be present for the exam. He sticks his hand in, without a clue of what he's supposed to be doing, and she cries out in pain, intermittently.

    So, no matter who you are, you are probably doing a better job than the one above.



    Hahaha...but nowadays, pt's are more intimidating and expect you to know what the hell you're doing! lol


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

Top