Published Feb 4, 2010
I was just wondering if Nurses do sutures/stitches on patients with cuts?
CaLLaCoDe, BSN, RN
Perhaps some nurse practitioners practice this: however, MDs are the only ones I've ever seen perform suturing. We mostly remove them.
We do treat the patient with pain medication prior to the MD suturing though ;-)
Thanks, I've always been curious as to who gives them. :)
Virgo_RN, BSN, RN
Nope. That's a doctor thing. Nurses can irrigate wounds, however.
XingtheBBB, BSN, RN
Just as trivia, many nurses in the OR do suture with additional training (an RNFA- registered nurse first assist- which is NOT a masters/mid-level degree)
A friend of mine that was bitten by a dog on her face went to the ER and was sutured up by a NP. The NP said, "This is your lucky day, stitches are my specialty." Two days later my friend went to a plastic surgeon to see if anything more was needed for the two huge bite marks on her face and the Dr. said, I couldn't have stitched you up any better myself. :-)
Another nurse doing our profession proud.
I did small lac repair as an Army medic, and also did minor procedures such as small laceration repair and I&D's when I worked overseas. As a general rule; however, I do not stateside.
while it is within the rn scope of practice in nc, most facilities do not allow this due the required education/training and annual competency requirements.
activities withing the scope of practice for the rn or lpn
i hope this information is helpful.
Hot Lips often had to close for Hawkeye....
wooh, BSN, RN
An NP did stitches on my little sister's face, healed up beautifully. Much nicer than stitches I got from a real live MD. :)
Okay, fine! It's *generally* a doctor thing, with some exceptions. We don't use NPs or RNFAs in my ED, so it is a doctor thing. RNs generally don't do sutures.
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