Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
(1 pharm hour)
Author(s): Shelton Hisley, PhD, RNC, WHNP
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Rosemary Theroux, RNC, PhD, WHNP
  • Susan Kelly-Weeder, PhD, APRN, BC, FNP
Item#: N1609
Contents: 1 Course Book (62 pages)

Birth Control Methods and Reproductive Choices, Updated 1st Edition



Price $19.95
Item # N1609
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: January 31, 2018

Nurses who work with women of childbearing age must remain knowledgeable about current contraceptive methods and trends so that they can provide accurate information to their patients. Information should be conveyed in a sensitive, non-judgmental manner that takes into account the many factors that influence a woman’s choice of contraception. The woman’s age, her health status (and risk of contracting an STI), her religion and culture, the perceived impact of an unplanned pregnancy, her desire for future children, her frequency of intercourse and number of sexual partners, her degree of comfort with touching or having her partner touch her body, and the expense and degree of convenience associated with the method all must be considered. Additionally, an important aspect central to effective contraceptive health care is to promote self-esteem in patients, so that the choices they make are safe, personally acceptable, and practiced consistently (Schnare, 2006).

This course is intended to assist the health care professional in providing contraceptive nursing care for reproductive-age women. It is designed for nurses who wish to review, enhance, or expand their knowledge base and level of understanding about currently available methods of birth control. This educational offering is intended to provide information that serves as a comprehensive review or as an enhancement to the nurse’s present knowledge base and to assist the nurse in working with women who seek contraceptive care. A resource guide is located at the end of the course book to direct the reader to additional information and resources.

It is hoped that the material offered here will be instrumental in helping to prepare the nurse to educate and support patients in their decision-making concerning contraceptive choices, and assist them in feeling empowered as individuals, as mothers, as family members, and as valued members of our society. Equipped with evidence-based, up-to-date information, the nurse will be better able to educate and counsel patients and assist them in making informed decisions. 

This course is an extraction of and should not be taken in conjunction with Women's Health: Contemporary Advances and Trends, 3rd Edition.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the mechanisms of action of various birth control methods. 
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of methods of contraception.
  • Identify strategies for providing contraceptive education and counseling.
  • Specify options for procedures for pregnancy termination.
Shelton M. Hisley, PhD, RNC, WHNP, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Graduate Clinical Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a women's healthcare nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience in the specialty of women's health. She has conducted and published nursing research served on national committees within her specialty and presently serves on the editorial board for two peer-reviewed nursing journals. Shelton has a weekly practice in a women's health clinic at a rural county health department.
Rosemary Theroux, RNC, PhD, WHNP, is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Worcester. She is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner and has practiced in a variety of settings for over 20 years. She has conducted and published research in the area of women’s self-care decision-making. She is a reviewer for several nursing journals, including Nursing for Women’s Health, and serves on the Research Committee for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. She currently maintains a private collaborative practice in a women’s health setting and volunteers at a clinic for the uninsured.

Susan Kelly-Weeder, PhD, APRN, BC, FNP, is Assistant Professor of Family and Community Health at Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing. She is a certified family nurse practitioner who has practiced in a wide variety of clinical venues over the last 15 years. She has had a long-standing interest in the care of infertile women and the prevention of infertility. Her current clinical and research interests are related to reducing risk behaviors in women. She also maintains a clinical practice at the Boston College Primary Health Care Center.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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