Suturing - page 2
This may be a totally ridiculous question, but.... I am wondering if RN's are allowed to suture?? Is this even allowed, does it vary from state to state, institution to institution, etc. Thanks in... Read More
Oct 1, '02Occupation: Staff nurse Joined: Aug '99; Posts: 320When I was working in a nursing station I was allowed to suture. Had to read a self learning package, pass a test, watch two patients being sutured then have a nurse watch me suture two. I was working in a very isolated community that did not have roads out and you had to fly in. The nearest doctor was a 1-hour helicopter ride away. The College of Nurses of Ontario has special guidelines for Northern Ontario so I was covered legally.
Would not even suggest that I could suture someone down in civilization.
Oct 1, '02Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 990; Likes: 13Surgeon's Private nurses at my facility suture in the OR setting.
Oct 1, '02Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 281Interesting...I live in PA and after the birth of #2 the doc let the RN suture my episiotomy - I guess that wasn't really legal I was hoping I was going to get to do that too - oh well...
Oct 1, '02Occupation: Home Health Patient Education Resource Nurse Specialty: 10 year(s) of experience in Hemodialysis, Home Health ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '02; Posts: 21,359; Likes: 7,204Yep, as stated above, in the AF as a medic, I, too, did plenty of suturing. Also after "getting out" at a Dr.'s clinic where I worked..again, under "his" licence. Don't know that I'd want to do it now without training and certification, but would like to see it added to a nursing skill in that way.