WSR 04-17-047

INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH


[ Filed August 10, 2004, 1:23 p.m. ]


NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF A INTERPRETIVE STATEMENT


Title of Policy: Is it within the scope of practice for a registered nurse (RN) working in a hospital environment, with no physician available, to perform an emergency episiotomy?

Issuing Entity: Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission.

Description: It is not within the scope of practice for a registered nurse to perform an episiotomy in an emergent situation or any situation. Basic RN education preparation does not include performance of an episiotomy, nor does inpatient OB certification.

Effective Date: September 2003.

Contact Person: Chuck Cumiskey, Nurse Practice Manager, Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, Department of Health, P.O. Box 47864, Olympia, WA 98504-7864, (360) 236-4725.

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