Resources for Educators

Find the tools you need to incorporate sexual and reproductive health and abortion care into your nursing curriculum.

Learning Tools for Nurses in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Abortion Care

January, 24 2017

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A variety of patient-centered, evidence-based learning tools for nurses and nurse educators

Sexual and reproductive healthcare educational curriculum for nurses —

Learning tools for nurses from the Curriculum Organizer for Reproductive Health Education (CORE)

arhp logoThe Association for Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) has created a free, open access, peer-reviewed resource that includes many teaching and learning tools on an extensive range of reproductive health issues. Tools include PowerPoint presentations, videos, handouts, group activities and more. Nurse educators may find these ready-to-use tools useful for delivering sexual and reproductive health (SRH) content in classes, or nursing students can access them to engage in self-directed learning. Practicing nurses may find these tools useful for delivering presentations to colleagues on various SRH topics.


Contraception, abortion, early pregnancy loss and professional responsibility learning tools for nurses —

Learning tools for nurses from Innovating Education in Reproductive Health

Innovating Education in Reproductive Health “cultivates clinicians who offer high-quality, patient-centered, comprehensive reproductive healthcare by generating, curating, and disseminating novel curricula, learning tools, and research for educators.” Teaching and learning tools available through Innovating Education’s website include a variety of interactive tools, videos, slide sets, teaching guides, workshops, research presentations (posters and infographics), and even complete courses.

Nursing Roles in Abortion Care from Innovating Education on Vimeo.

Though many of these resources are designed and delivered by physicians, they are suitable for nurses. Nurse educators may find specific tools that are useful for teaching students about these topics, or nursing students can use them for their own self-directed learning.

Innovating Education is a project of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California-San Francisco. Their resources are free, open source, and evidence-based.

Research and policy resources to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the U.S. —

Learning Tools for Nurses from the Guttmacher Institute

The Guttmacher Institute is a pre-eminent reproductive health research and policy organization that works nationally and globally. Their research focuses on pregnancy, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV in the U.S. and around the world. It is used to inform key policy reports and initiatives at the state, national, and international levels.

Practicing nurses and nurse educators can use Guttmacher’s extensive resources to develop deeper understanding of the epidemiology and policies related to various aspects of reproductive health in their state, across the U.S., or around the globe. Features that may be particularly useful include fact sheets and infographics, as well as state policy and data resource centers, which students can use to build maps and tables or research policies specific to their location or area of interest.

States have taken many routes to restricting access to abortion over the last five years

As Guttmacher says, “Good reproductive health policy starts with credible research.” Making nursing students aware of the Guttmacher Institute gives them a resource they can turn to for lifelong learning and engagement with policies related to SRH and abortion.

Educational resources for nurses to advance their knowledge and skill in abortion care —

Learning tools for nurses from the National Abortion Federation

NAF Comparison AbortionThe National Abortion Federation (NAF), a professional association that represents abortion providers in North America, offers educational resources for health care providers to support the delivery of high-quality, evidence-based, safe abortion care. NAF publishes annual Clinical Policy Guidelines, which give providers current, evidence-based standards for abortion care. Many of NAF’s educational resources are available online, and are free and open to non-members. These can be used by providers for self-education, or as part of workplace education and training. Some of the featured topics include:

  • Medication and aspiration/”surgical” abortion
  • Quality assurance and improvement
  • Cultural competency and abortion care
  • Training opportunities

In addition, NAF has a series of fact sheets that can be particularly helpful for nurse educators in teaching nursing students the “basics” about abortion, or for students to refer to on their own.

Abortion, contraception, and miscarriage management learning tools for nurses —

Learning tools for nurses from the Reproductive Health Access Project

rhap early abortion option fact sheetThe Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) is a U.S.-based organization that works to help primary care providers—including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and family physicians—integrate abortion, contraception, and miscarriage management into their practices. As part of fulfilling this mission, they have created many easy-to-use clinical tools and patient educational materials, as well as teaching resources that nurse educators can use with students to help them develop knowledge and skills in these key areas. These resources are also useful to nurses at all levels to help them develop knowledge and skills in these key areas, and provide quality patient care. The website offers a vast number of evidence-based resources, including algorithms, clinical pearls, reports, and patient materials.

Though RHAP focuses on abortion, contraception, and miscarriage management, they have also developed other resources on a number of  related sexual and reproductive health (SRH) topics such as trauma-informed pelvic exams, sex education and sexual history-taking of teens, and more. The website’s search function allows users to find resources easily, and most are downloadable at no charge.

Family planning and sexual health resources for nurses and administrators —

FPNTC LogoLearning tools for nurses from the Family Planning National Training Center


The Family Planning National Training Center (FPNTC) offers a variety of resources on family planning including sexual health, contraception, pregnancy, fertility/infertility, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care of “special populations,” sexually transmitted infections and many other topics. Learning formats include e-learning courses, videos, newsletters, webinars, podcasts, and hands-on, live workshops.

FPNTC also facilitates a number of “Communities of Practice,” where clinicians (and other health care workers) can connect with others (virtually) around topics of common interest, such as Zika virus, quality improvement, and implementing male health services.

The FPNTC is supported by the Office of Population Affairs/Department of Health and Human Services, and most resources are free and accessible through their website.