Just wanting your opinions:
I know an RN who has recently become a CNM, but she only works at her hospital in the capacity of a labor and delivery RN. Lately, she has been using the portable ultrasound on labor patients to check for breech positioning. She does this without first discussing with the doctors, basically of her own accord. Is this within her scope of practice as an RN because she is a CNM?
Jan 22, '13
You have to check with your states nurse practice act. Usually with training it's fine. I have considered taking a course to become certified myself, but I don't believe I will use it frequently enough to keep my practice accurate. ( same reason when we go to a code that requires we use ACLS we act as recorders). We have an out patient nurse that would probably make more use of an ultrasound certification. Our hospital has done classes, but just for ultrasound guided IV starts. It's like many things in nursing that require extra training and then you can do it, such as the nurses that insert PICC lines.
Last edit by HeartsOpenWide on Jan 22, '13