Essentials of Nursing Care: Reproductive Health tests the concepts and principles related to the application of the nursing roles of provider and manager of care and member of profession when applying the nursing process to the care of patients across the life span.
Critical thinking skills and caring behaviors needed to provide and manage care for these patients are stressed. Evidence-based nursing care and standards for nursing practice, as well as ethical, legal, and regulatory concerns specific to these patients are also addressed.
For the exam, you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to
apply nursing process with patients across the life span with needs related to
needs of the childbearing family,
developmental problems, and
incorporate knowledge from theoretical frameworks using principles, concepts, and theories from the natural, social, and nursing sciences to choose among alternative solutions to make clinical decisions when caring for these patients;
use therapeutic communication and demonstrate caring and cultural sensitivity when interacting with these patients;
apply concepts from interpreted research to improve effectiveness of nursing care; and
implement the roles of provider and manager of care and member of profession.
For those who wish to do further reading, you may want to consider the following textbooks:
Olds’ Maternal-Newborn Nursing & Women’s Health Across the Lifespan by Michele R. Davison, Marcia L. London, and Patricia A. Wieland Ladewig (Pearson Education, Inc.)
Phipps’ Medical-Surgical Nursing: Health and Illness Perspectives by Frances Donovan Monahan, Judith K. Sands, Marianne Neighbors, Jane F. Marek, and Carol J. Green (Mosby, Inc.)
Mosby’s Guide to Nursing Diagnosis by Gail B. Ladwig and Betty J. Ackley (Mosby, Inc.)
Williams’ Essentials of Nutrition & Diet Therapy by Eleanor D. Schlenker and Sara Long (Mosby, Inc.)
Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing by Marilyn J. Hockenberry (Mosby, Inc.)
Pharmacology: A Nursing Process Approach by Joyce LeFever Kee, Evelyn T. Hayes, and Linda E. McCuistion (Mosby, Inc.)
Sexuality – the physical, emotional, and sociocultural factors that affect sexual response.
Learning of gender roles
Sexual response cycle
Sexually transmitted diseases/infections
Needs of the Childbearing Family: Preconception Period
Counseling and planning for parenthood
Health and lifestyle choices
Needs of the Childbearing Family: Antepartal Period
Needs of the Childbearing Family: Intrapartal Period
Needs of the Childbearing Family: Postpartal Family
Cogenital Anomalies, Genetic Disorders, and Developmental Problems
Basic nursing concepts
Normal female reproductive function
Normal male reproductive function
Hormonal and structure alterations
Clinical manifestations of hormonal and structure alterations
Factors influencing the patient’s response to hormonal and structural alterations
(Taken with permission from “Excelsior College® Examination Content Guide for Essentials of Nursing Care: Reproductive Health,” Excelsior College Examinations, Excelsior College, Albany, New York, 2007.)
The required textbook(s) for this course is listed below.
Medical - Surgical Nursing 7th by Lewis, Sharon / Heitkemper, Margaret McLean / Dirksen, Shannon Ruff - Mosby, Inc., 2007