Vag Exams on Preterm Patients??

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    Ok, so just started a new job and on my Second day of work was asked to go do a vag exam and FFN on a preterm patient to determine if she would be admitted SROMed or go home.

    When I said that it wasn't in my nursing scope of pratice it caused a bit of an uproar. There is No MD on site..small rural hospital. No residents either.

    So then the managing MD went off and so did the administration of the hospital.
    I am not comfortable doing exams on preterm women with the possibility of accidently rupturing them. Was I wrong to refuse?
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    What is your hospital policy on examining preterm patients. There SHOULD be something written as far as a gestation that nurses are allowed to check. At the very least, if I am asked to check a very preterm patient, I always write an order that states just that and document that I was told to do it per MD. It is not out of your scope of practice, you just need to know what your facilities written policies are regarding this issue. Are you trained to do FFN? Was there competency for the nursing staff to do it? If not, then no, you should not be doing FFN.

    On a side note,...why FFN for r/oSROM?
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    How preterm was she? Also, I second the question about the FFN test. I have checked a patient who was 35 weeks gestation.
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    In my rural job we often checked preterm patients (as preterm as late 20s) after communicating with the physician, doing a sterile spec to rule out SRM and collecting a FFN. Our orders from the MD were usually "gentle VE" meaning if we could not reach or find the cervix, there was no screwing around--we would communicate with them afterwards, usually when we called with the results of the FFN. I think it may be hospital or state/province policy that determines action. Of course if you are uncomfortable checking I think you are well within your right to decline to do it, especially being new to the facility (and OBs?). I might have said it something like "I'm really new and have never examined a preterm patient before. Can we check together so that I can safely learn this skill, and increase my comfort level with these types of patients?"
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    How is it not in your scope of practice?
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    Ok well I will tell you that this didn't.actually happen to me. I just started at a.new.hospital with another orientee. I asked her now her day went and she told.me. I wanted input because I always worked with residents so I don't know whats right n wrong.Pt was 34 weeks..the md office had checked her and she had sex..so wouldn't an FFN be wrong?Apparently this nurse saying um no made.them search for.their policy..which said an MD had to check preterm? Argument ensued..both the physician and CEO said that was stupid..
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    I don't know if checking a pt less than 35 weeks is IN my scope. Never have been allowed before.
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    Yeah FFN after sex in the past 24 hours is pointless. As for scope you'd have to check with your regulating body, but as I understand it changes state by state for you guys? So it might be the hospital policy that tells you more.
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    Well I spoke with this nurse and she said the MD was mad because the nurses have always done it there. But there was no policy..weird huh?I don't know what the RNs role is...because I've always worked with residents on site.
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    Oh and the patient was 33 weeks.


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