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RESOURCE CENTER/Abstracts/The ROE Consortium for Nursing: An Innovative Program to Increase Reproductive Options Education Curricula in Nursing


Other CFC abstracts:
> Caring for the Woman with an Unintended Pregnancy: Teaching What Midwives Need to Know
> Caring for the Woman with an Unintended Pregnancy: Teaching What Nurse Practitioner Students Need to Know
> The Critical Role of Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, and Physician Assistants in Abortion Care Provision
> Post-Abortion Care: A Review of the Literature with Implications for Nursing and Midwifery Practice

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This document is part of the Clinicians for Choice (CFC) abstract series. This abstract can be submitted as a professional conference workshop proposal. However, CFC does not provide presentation materials. For further information, contact naf@prochoice.org.

Workshop Title

The ROE Consortium for Nursing: An Innovative Program to Increase Reproductive Options Education Curricula in Nursing

Submitted by: CFC State Contact Kathy Simmonds, NP

Abstract

Nurses are intimately involved in providing reproductive health care to women in a wide variety of settings. At times, providing care to these women can be deeply challenging, as professional responsibilities and personal beliefs may come into conflict. Yet, few nursing training programs offer opportunities for their students or trainees to explore the intersection of their professional role and personal beliefs with regard to reproductive options. As a result, nurses may inadvertently provide care that is biased, judgmental, or directive - in short, that does not serve the needs of the patient or uphold her autonomy.

This presentation will describe the Reproductive Options Education Consortium for Nursing (the ROE Consortium),1 a pilot project that provides training, quality teaching materials, and support to nursing faculty and trainers across the United States. The presentation will focus on unintended pregnancy as one example of reproductive options-related care. A theoretical framework for teaching about reproductive options that draws from literature on teaching about sensitive subjects will be discussed, as well as information about resources that are available to assist those who teach or train nurses about reproductive options. Finally, participants will be invited to engage in an interactive exercise that can be used to help nurses better understand the intersection of their personal beliefs and professional responsibilities, and ultimately provide women with the quality reproductive health care that they deserve.

References

  1. The Reproductive Options Education Consortium for Nursing http://www.abortionaccess.org/viewpages.php?id=202

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