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NG tube placement

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DolphinRN84 has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Med Surg Cardiology.

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I was just wondering how many nurses here have had the opportunity to place an NG tube on a patient? At my hospital, usually the interns/residents insert NG tubes. I did ask my manager awhile back that if nurses were allowed to insert NG tubes at this facility and she stated that yes, it was within our scope of practice but that we were definitely not obligated to. So...I was just wondering..how many have placed NG tubes? Thanks! :)

ETA: Sorry forgot to mention that I do work at a teaching hospital, so haven't had the opportunity to place an NG tube but we can start IV's even though we have an IV team. Need to clarify again that this is not the norm on my floor being vascular and all...mentioned that in another post here...

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scattycarrot has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ITU/Emergency.

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I am surprized to hear that nurses over here don't regularly pass NGT's! Is that normal everywhere or is it just this one hospital? I am from the UK and good luck trying to find a doctor to pass an NGT.Stictly a nursing job unless its during a code or trauma call!

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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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Yes, many many times. I hate doing it because it's so uncomfortable for the patient.

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Scatty, the OP works at a teaching hospital, and interns and residents do things at teaching hospitals that nurses usually do everywhere else. I've seen interns drawing blood and starting IVs, something you would never find anywhere else.

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jeremyRN has 9 years experience.

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I probably do at least one or two a day. Sometimes the docs or residents will place an OG tube after they intubate, but it is usually the nurses. We are a teaching hospital too with a lot of nursing students, new grads, residents and interns, and there is a lot of competition to get skills checked off; however, if it is a nursing skill, then the nurses usually get first stab at it.

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jmgrn65 has 16 years experience as a RN and specializes in cardiac/critical care/ informatics.

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we put them in all the time, we are a teaching hospital as well. seldom do our residents place NG's.

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texas_lvn specializes in Med/Surg, ER and ICU!!!.

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I drop them all the time. It is also one of my favorite skills. I had one for several days a few years back so I can empathize with the pt and tell them I have experience both ways!

We are also a teaching hospital.

Also, I am in Texas and it seems that we have alot more autonomy that other places do not.

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jill48 is a ASN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, Geri, Ortho, Telemetry, Psych.

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yes, all the time. and i do enjoy it also. sometimes so many of the things i do all day are old habit and i get bored with them, so dropping an ng makes me feel like i'm using the skills i have and it makes me feel like, "yeah, i knew i could do it!":yelclap: :yeah:

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DolphinRN84 has 15 years experience as a BSN, MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Med Surg Cardiology.

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Wow so many of you have put in NG tubes..:( I feel like I'm missing something here. Well on our floor, sometimes we have 1-2 having NG tubes...but its not the norm on my floor....but wish I had that skill.

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