I precept in the obstetrics/gynecology clinic, and teaching students how to insert a speculum into the vagina and locate the cervix can often be a challenge. An analogy I came up with has really helped. Instruct the student to gently insert the speculum into the vagina like he or she was inserting a gas nozzle into a car.

Insert the speculum into the vagina while gently pointing it downward toward the anus. When the speculum is inserted all the way into the vagina pointed down toward the anus, I tell the student to open up the speculum and slowly tilt his or her wrist upward until the cervix is fully visualized. — Aimee Holland, DNP, WHNP, FNP, RD, Birmingham, Ala. (169-6)

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