Essential STD treatment guidelines for nurses to provide patient-centered sexual and reproductive health care
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a number of resources on sexually transmitted diseases that nurse educators can use with students to prepare them to provide evidence-based care and promote sexual health with individuals and populations. Resources include treatment guidelines (and updates), self-study modules, fact sheets, videos, podcasts, infographics, flash cards, and brochures, and many other educational tools. RhN recommends these links, which will bring you to:
- The CDC’s general homepage on STDs
- The 2015 STD Treatment Guidelines
- Training resources for clinicians
You may also find these learning tools from the American Sexual Health Administration helpful.
The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) has developed a number of sexual health and STI/STD educational materials for nurses and other healthcare providers. ASHA’s “Sexual Health: Resources for Healthcare Providers” gives an overview of the importance of discussing sexual health with patients and features a collection of relevant external resources. The site includes a video from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demonstrating a patient-provider dialogue with a young patient about sexual health, which may be of particular interest to nurses who work with adolescents and emerging adults.
ASHA also offers clear, detailed information for patients, parents and teachers across several websites, as well as television and podcast series, “Sex+Health” and “Sexual Health TV.”
Recommended topic areas:
- HPV video series for health providers
- Sexual health videos for patients
- Sexual functioning videos for patients