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Intimate Examinations Without Consent

Intimate Examinations Without Consent Letter to the Editor The Role of the Forensic Nurse n the fall of 1989, I started my graduate program in Interestingly, the justifications used today for pelvic ex- nurse-midwifery. During the first week of class, our aminations under anesthesia without the consent of a pa- I professor walked into the classroom and informed us tient sound very similar. The justifications include the fol- that we would be performing pelvic examinations on each lowing: These examinations are essential to the education other, before we would get our first experience with gyneco- of medical students and therefore provide a benefit to all pa- logical teaching associates (GTAs). We were a small class of tients. It is believed that the impact on the patient is trivial sixwomen.Threeofushadgivenbirth,onewasmarriedbut and therefore does not require consent. Finally, proponents had never had children, and two of the women were single of not obtaining consent feel that consent is implied when a and came from conservative religious communities and patient consents for surgery or receives care in a teaching had never had anything placed in their vaginas. The four of hospital (Friesen, 2018). uswhohadexperiencedpelvicexaminationsdecidedamong Public awareness and recognition of the problem of pel- ourselves that we http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Forensic Nursing Wolters Kluwer Health

Intimate Examinations Without Consent

Journal of Forensic Nursing , Volume 18 (4) – Oct 28, 2022

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Wolters Kluwer Health
Copyright
Copyright © 2022 International Association of Forensic Nurses
ISSN
1556-3693
eISSN
1939-3938
DOI
10.1097/jfn.0000000000000411
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Abstract

Letter to the Editor The Role of the Forensic Nurse n the fall of 1989, I started my graduate program in Interestingly, the justifications used today for pelvic ex- nurse-midwifery. During the first week of class, our aminations under anesthesia without the consent of a pa- I professor walked into the classroom and informed us tient sound very similar. The justifications include the fol- that we would be performing pelvic examinations on each lowing: These examinations are essential to the education other, before we would get our first experience with gyneco- of medical students and therefore provide a benefit to all pa- logical teaching associates (GTAs). We were a small class of tients. It is believed that the impact on the patient is trivial sixwomen.Threeofushadgivenbirth,onewasmarriedbut and therefore does not require consent. Finally, proponents had never had children, and two of the women were single of not obtaining consent feel that consent is implied when a and came from conservative religious communities and patient consents for surgery or receives care in a teaching had never had anything placed in their vaginas. The four of hospital (Friesen, 2018). uswhohadexperiencedpelvicexaminationsdecidedamong Public awareness and recognition of the problem of pel- ourselves that we

Journal

Journal of Forensic NursingWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Oct 28, 2022

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