Thanks everyone for your responses. I agree with what everyone has been saying. I want to continue to learn this skill.. so I will take the opportunity to check with the residents and doctors that are willing to let me learn.
ndirishfanRNC, I like what you mentioned about checking the cervix on pt's with epidurals q4 hrs and before straights caths. Thanks for sharing what you've learned from working under similar conditions.
When I was first hired as a nurse extern on L&D the summer of 2011, I didn't know that nurses were expected to perform the vaginal exams in most other hospitals. This is because I was an extern in L&D before my obstetrics rotation in my nursing program. It wasn't until a fellow student mentioned to me that she performed cervical checks during her senior residency in L&D that I realized most places don't operate the same way. When she told me this I felt cheated of a good learning experience and the opportunity to learn a valuable skill.
Now that I'm finally an RN in L&D I want to take every opportunity to learn and grow in this specialty. So far, I really love my job... even with all the challenges and anxiety I'm facing as a new grad.