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Nursing Education Modules in Unintended Pregnancy Prevention and Care

January, 26 2017

Unintended Pregnancy and Prevention Modules for Nurses

These self-guided nursing education modules are designed for students to improve their understanding, clarify their values, and learn of ways to integrate best practices in unintended pregnancy prevention and care into clinic settings —

Through a national Delphi study, Essential Competencies in Unintended Pregnancy Prevention and Care for Nursing Education (Hewitt, C. and Cappiello, J., 2015) 85 nursing experts in unintended pregnancy prevention and care reached consensus on 27 core educational competencies for nursing education which provide a framework for curricular development in an important area of nursing education. Each module is based on several of these UPPC Essential Competencies to help students improve competency and hone their skills in these defined areas.

Patient scenarios are presented that require in-depth analysis to resolve the issues that are presented and provide the highest quality of patient care. An orientation tool must be completed prior to working through each module and a self-assessment tool can be used to test the learner’s knowledge and competence after completing the module. Each module includes faculty guides and teaching tips.

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Professional Ethics

Nursing students at every level of nursing education grapple with the concept of professional ethics because it can be difficult to translate to the real world of clinical practice. This module engages the student by applying professional ethical concepts to caring for the sexual and reproductive needs of patients, specifically regarding unintended pregnancy prevention and care.

Click here to view the Professional Ethics Nursing Education module.

Relevant UPPC Essential Competencies

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the nurse’s professional ethical responsibilities in providing health care to clients.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to provide unintended pregnancy prevention and care that is free of evidence of bias and judgment.
  3. Demonstrate ability to recognize unique reproductive health needs of women from vulnerable and special populations (e.g. adolescents, women with mental or physical disabilities, survivors of violence) affected by many factors (e.g. relationship status, sexual orientation).
  4. Demonstrate ability to identify personal beliefs that may interfere with provision of nursing care.
  5. Demonstrate ability to apply the ethical principles of respect for autonomy, beneficence, non‐malfeasance, and justice as they relate to the care provision.

Postpartum Contraception

Choosing a contraceptive method after having a baby is an extremely important part of postpartum care. Nurses can help women achieve their reproductive life plan regarding the timing and spacing of their children through effective counseling on contraceptive methods. This module uses realistic patient scenarios as the framework for providing guidance on conducting patient-centered, non-directive contraceptive management counseling.

Click here to view the Postpartum Contraception Nursing Education module.

Relevant UPPC Essential Competencies

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of types of induced abortion methods, including risks and benefits, which are legally available in the U.S.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of how contraceptive methods work (e.g. hormonal methods, post‐partum and emergency contraception, lactational and fertility methods, IUD, barrier methods, sterilization), risks, benefits, alternatives, effectiveness, and eligibility.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of current evidenced‐based guidelines for primary prevention of unintended pregnancy.

Public Health

While unintended pregnancy is a public health concern in and of itself, other public health issues complicate women’s control of their reproductive lives. This module explores five public health problems: insecure housing, substance use, inadequate sex education, intimate partner violence, and cultural differences in the context of unintended pregnancy prevention and care.

Click here to view the Public Health Nursing Education module.

Relevant UPPC Essential Competencies

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the nurse’s professional responsibilities in providing health care to clients in need of unintended pregnancy prevention and care.
  2. Demonstrate ability to recognize unique reproductive health needs of women from vulnerable and special populations (e.g. adolescents, women with mental or physical disabilities, survivors of violence) affected by many factors (e.g. relationship status, sexual orientation).
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of current state-specific laws regulating minors’ access to reproductive care for the state(s) in which nurse practices (including contraceptive access and abortion care).
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of confidentiality regulations specific to unintended pregnancy prevention and care.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of state and local adoption options and resources and applicable regulatory laws and statutes.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in identifying preconception health risks.
  7. Demonstrate ability to make appropriate referrals to community-based prenatal care providers and resources.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in assessing risk for intimate partner violence including sexual violence and coercion).
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in referring clients with unintended pregnancy to area providers and support services.

Options Counseling

Nurses are witness to some of the most vulnerable and life-changing moments in a patient’s life. Sometimes we are invited to participate in life-changing discussions and decision-making when a patient asks for information about a treatment option. This module uses realistic patient scenarios as the framework for facilitating patient-centered, non-directive options counseling on parenting, abortion and adoption.

Click here to view the Options Counseling Nursing Education module.

Relevant UPPC Essential Competencies

  1. Demonstrate the ability to provide unintended pregnancy prevention and care that is free of evidence of bias and judgment.
  2. Demonstrate ability to recognize unique reproductive health needs of women from vulnerable and special populations (e.g. adolescents, women with mental or physical disabilities, survivors of violence) affected by many factors (e.g. relationship status, sexual orientation).
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of types of induced abortion methods, including risks and benefits, which are legally available in the U.S.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of state and local adoption options and resources and applicable regulatory laws and statutes.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in providing client‐centered pregnancy options counseling including parenting, adoption and abortion.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in providing pregnancy test results in patient-centered manner.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in using essential counseling techniques (e.g. motivational interviewing, shared decision making and patient engagement) in provision of unintended pregnancy prevention and care.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency in effective communication skills that encompasses respect for of culture, sexual orientation and gender identity.
  9. Demonstrate ability to make appropriate referrals to community‐based prenatal care providers and resources.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in referring clients with unintended pregnancy to area providers and support services.

Quality and Safety

Using the Institute of Medicine competencies, the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Project defined quality and safety competencies for nursing and proposed targets for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be developed in nursing pre-licensure programs for each competency. This module explores quality and safety competencies in the context of unintended pregnancy prevention and care.

Click here to view the Quality and Safety Nursing Education module.

Relevant UPPC Essential Competencies

  1. Demonstrate ability to recognize unique reproductive health needs of women from vulnerable and special populations (e.g. adolescents, women with mental or physical disabilities, survivors of violence) affected by many factors (e.g. relationship status, sexual orientation).
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of current state-specific laws regulating minors’ access to reproductive care for the state(s) in which nurse practices (including contraceptive access and abortion care).
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of confidentiality regulations specific to unintended pregnancy prevention and care.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of how contraceptive methods work (e.g. hormonal methods, post‐partum and emergency contraception, lactational and fertility methods, IUD, barrier methods, sterilization), risks, benefits, alternatives, effectiveness, and eligibility.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of current evidenced‐based guidelines for primary prevention of unintended pregnancy.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in providing pregnancy test results in patient-centered manner.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in referring clients with unintended pregnancy to area providers and support services.
  8. Demonstrate ability to participate effectively in inter‐professional, team‐based care for unintended pregnancy prevention and care.
  9. Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating outcomes of plan of care and referrals for women with unintended pregnancies.
  10. Demonstrate ability to obtain or refer for appropriate laboratory tests specific to unintended pregnancy prevention and care.

Global Health

This module explores global health issues, specifically women’s reproductive health. Throughout the world, women experience unintended pregnancy and pregnancy-related health issues that are preventable in most parts of the world. Improving family planning services and increasing access to safe abortion would reduce maternal morbidity and mortality. Patient scenarios from El Salvador, South Africa, Ireland, and the United States explore the link between public policy and women’s health.

Click here to view the Global Health Nursing Education module.

Relevant UPPC Essential Competencies

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the nurse’s professional responsibilities in providing health care to clients in need of unintended pregnancy prevention and care.
  2. Demonstrate ability to recognize unique reproductive health needs of women from vulnerable and special populations (e.g. adolescents, women with mental or physical disabilities, survivors of violence) affected by many factors (e.g. relationship status, sexual orientation).
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of current evidenced-based guidelines for primary prevention of unintended pregnancy.