Women's Reproductive Health Issues

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About the Course

The field of women’s health has significantly expanded beyond its original roots in reproductive health.  With the availability of more information, women are becoming empowered to make more informed decisions about their health and the health of their families.  Nurses providing care to women play a vital role in this educational and decision-making process.  This course presents content to enhance the learner's current knowledge of women's reproductive health for women of all ages.  The course focuses on women’s contemporary reproductive health issues, therefore nursing care of the pregnant woman is not covered.  Topics covered in this course include birth control methods, preconception care issues and infertility, and common sexually transmitted infections. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Review contraceptive methods and counseling for women.
  • Identify the processes involved in preconception counseling and planning and the initial fertility evaluation.
  • Identify strategies for the prevention and management of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course Women's Health: Contemporary Advances and Trends, 4th Edition.

About the Authors:

Rosemary Theroux, RNC, PhD, WHNP-BC, is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings for more than 25 years. She is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts - Worcester. She has conducted and published research in the area of women’s self-care decision making, and women’s health practices in Africa. Dr. Theroux has a special interest in global women’s health and along with other members of a non-profit group, she has developed a primary care setting with women’s health services in Ghana, Africa.

Mary Fischer, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC, is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner and has provided care for women for more than 20 years. She holds certifications as a childbirth educator, lactation consultant, and menopause practitioner.  She is currently on the faculty in the graduate program at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts - Boston and is Co-Director of the Post-Master’s Certificate Program.

Rachelle Nurse, PhD, MSHA, APRN, WHNP-BC, is an assistant professor of nursing and a certified women’s health nurse practitioner. She has held multiple nursing positions and academic appointments in the practice areas of women’s health, ambulatory care, and informatics. Dr. Nurse received both a BSN degree and a MSN degree with a sub-specialty in women’s health care from the University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston School of Nursing. Dr. Nurse most recently obtained her PhD from Texas Woman’s University.

Marianne Tarraza, RN, MPH-NP, serves as the Administrative Director for Maine Behavioral Healthcare in Portland. She received a MSN in Psychiatric Nursing and is currently completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice.  She has served as a psychiatric nurse lecturer, preceptor, and instructor at the University of New England, University of Southern Maine, and Husson University.
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