Policy Number


IWK - 7172 - Vaginal Examination


 A vaginal examination is performed to evaluate the progress of labour. Vaginal examination is a beyond entry level competency (BELC) for registered nurses (RNs) which requires initial certification and ongoing recertification.  Nurses will collaborate with a patient/family by keeping them informed of labour progress.  Options for supportive care and pain management will be discussed with the patient/family based on progress. 

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