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Do Nurses Do Stitches?

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Do Nurses Do Stitches? If you’re looking for a quick answer, then yes some nurses can do stiches.

However, the answer does get a bit more complicated. Because, you have to ask the question, “what types of nurses can suture?“. An age old question of whether nurses can suture or not? Today we’re going to deep dive into the topic hopefully giving you all the answers you need!

Whether you’re a nursing student, or thinking about nursing school, it’s important to understand what is in the Registered Nurse (RN) scope of practice.

What is Suture?

A surgical suture is a medical device used to hold body tissues together. Typically sutures are made from silk, nylon, or animal body parts (source).

What is Suturing?

Suturing is the act of stitching or closing a wound/incision with a suture. Suturing is often done when the edges of a wound or surgical incision won’t approximate without help. A wound might need stiches to help heal appropriately.

What Types of Nurses Can Suture or Stitch?

The answer to this question can be a bit complicated, however, the simple answer is that any nurse trained to suture can suture. There are many different types of nurses that encounter stitching commonly throughout the day.

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Nurse practicing stiches.

The most common examples are: Nurse Practitioners, Operating Room Nurses, First Assists (Registered Nurse First Assist), Emergency Department Nurses, Wound Nurses.

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Do Nurses Learn to Stitch in Nursing School?

Nurses do not learn how to stitch in nursing school. A nurse can learn to stitch either from a First Assist program, Advanced Practice program, or from a preceptor (such as a surgeon).

How Do Nurses Learn to Suture?

There are a lot of different programs out there that teach nurses to suture (source). Most commonly nurses will learn during a first assistant or RNFA program. However, I have come across a lot of nurses in the operating room that get trained to stitch by the surgeon they work for.

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