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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 24 Contact Hours (4 Pharm Hours)
  • Rosemary Theroux, RNC, PhD, WHNP-BC
  • Mary Fischer, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC
  • Rachelle Nurse, PhD, MSHA, APRN, WHNP-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN
Item#: N1753
Contents: 1 Course Book (444 pages)
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Women's Health: Contemporary Advances and Trends, 4th Edition

Price $69.95
Item # N1753
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Release Date: June 27, 2017

Expiration Date: June 30, 2020

The field of women’s health has greatly expanded beyond its original roots in reproductive health. It is an exciting time for women and for nursing professionals who work with women. Links are forming worldwide, and with a more global perspective, it becomes clear that the health of women is integrally tied to the social, economic, political, and religious forces that shape cultures and societies. With education, women become empowered to make better decisions about their health and the health of their families. Nurses and other healthcare providers play an important role in this educational process. Women’s Health: Contemporary Advances and Trends (4th ed.) is an excellent overview of the field of women’s health for nurses. The course is intended to assist nurses in providing care for women of all ages. It is designed for nurses who wish to review, enhance, or expand their knowledge base and level of understanding of women’s healthcare issues across the lifespan. Because the focus of this course is women’s contemporary health issues, nursing care for patients who are pregnant is not included. Instead, this educational offering is intended to provide information that serves as either a comprehensive review or an enhancement to the nurse’s present knowledge base of women’s health. This course also provides information that nurses can use to educate female patients; support them in their decision-making concerning health matters; and assist them in feeling empowered as individuals, as mothers, as family members, and as valued members of our society. 

Furthermore, this course is intended to expand the nurse’s understanding of current issues and controversies in women’s health and to enhance the nurse’s ability to knowledgeably approach these issues. The course is designed to assist nurses providing care to various populations of female patients.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the influence of trends and forces over time on women’s sexual and reproductive health.
  • Discuss the basic events that occur during the menstrual cycle.
  • Describe normal female sexual function and maturation.
  • Discuss the special healthcare needs and issues for female adolescents, reproductive-age women, and older adult women.
  • Identify the processes involved in the evaluation and management of fertility and infertility.
  • Describe strategies for the prevention and management of the most common sexually transmitted infections in women and for the management of premenstrual syndrome.
  • Identify the major components of health maintenance and good preventive health care for women.
  • Discuss the implications of human papillomavirus and cervical Pap smear screening for women.
  • Recognize common gynecologic cancers and treatments.
  • Describe strategies to promote breast health among women.
  • Discuss the special healthcare needs of women as they enter the menopausal years and beyond.
  • Identify issues in women’s mental health across the lifespan.


Rosemary Theroux, RNC, PhD, WHNP-BC, is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner and has practiced in a variety of clinical settings for more than 25 years. She is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Worcester. She has conducted and published research in the area of women’s self-care decision making and women’s health practices in Africa. Dr. Theroux has a special interest in global women’s health. Along with other members of a nonprofit group, she has developed a primary care setting with women’s health services in Ghana, Africa.

Mary Fischer, PhD, MSN, WHNP-BC, is a certified women’s health care nurse practitioner and has provided care for women for more than 20 years. She holds certifications as a childbirth educator, lactation consultant, and menopause practitioner. She is currently on the faculty in the graduate program at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and is Co-Director of the Post-Master’s Certificate Program.

Rachelle Nurse, PhD, MSHA, APRN, WHNP-BC, is an assistant professor of nursing and a certified women’s health nurse practitioner. She has held multiple nursing positions and academic appointments in the practice areas of women’s health, ambulatory care, and informatics. Dr. Nurse received both a BSN degree and a MSN degree with a subspecialty in women’s health care from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston School of Nursing. Dr. Nurse most recently obtained her PhD from Texas Woman’s University.

Marianne Tarraza, RN, MPH-NP, serves as the Administrative Director for Maine Behavioral Healthcare in Portland. She received a MSN in Psychiatric Nursing and is currently completing her Doctor of Nursing Practice. She has served as a psychiatric nurse lecturer, preceptor, and instructor at the University of New England, University of Southern Maine, and Husson University.


Versie Johnson-Mallard, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN, is a nurse scientist and a board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She serves as Chair of the Department of Family, Community, and Health System Science College of Nursing at the University of Florida. A primary aim of Dr. Johnson-Mallard’s clinical practice is to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women, their families, and communities. Dr. Johnson-Mallard is dedicated to educating and mentoring the next generations of nurses in the field of sexual and reproductive methodology.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.