Sexual and reproductive health competencies for the interprofessional primary care team, including nurses
Nurse scholars Joyce Cappiello and Amy Levi, along with Melissa Nothnagle, MD, carried out a Delphi-
survey to develop these interprofessional sexual and reproductive health (SRH) competencies for primary care providers in the U.S. Nurse educators can use them as a guide for developing curricula that prepares students to provide competent SRH care.
The study established a total of 33 core competencies that “encompass professional ethics and reproductive justice, collaboration, SRH services, and conditions affecting SRH.”
They can be further grouped into the following topical areas:
Sexual health promotion and assessment; sexual/physical violence; contraception; pregnancy intention/preconception care; pregnancy screening/unplanned pregnancy/abortion; preconception care; pregnancy care; postpartum care; fertility/infertility; common/benign GYN conditions; reproductive tract infections and sexually transmitted infections; reproductive tract cancers: screening & management; uro-GYN/pelvic floor disorders; Genito-urinary conditions of men (GUM); peri- and post-menopause; behavioral/mental health; environmental health; genetic screening; ethics; legal & service delivery considerations.