Essentials of Nursing Care - Reproductive Health

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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
    • human sexuality,
    • reproductive disorders,
    • needs of the childbearing family,
    • congenital anomalies,
    • developmental problems, and
    • genetic disorders;
  • 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.)

Topics include

Human Sexuality
  • Basic Concepts
    • Sexuality – the physical, emotional, and sociocultural factors that affect sexual response.
    • Developmental factors
    • Learning of gender roles
    • Psychosocial factors
    • Reproductive choices
    • Sexual activity
    • Spiritual/religious beliefs
    • Sexual response cycle
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Sexually transmitted diseases/infections
    • Alternative/complementary therapy
    • Safety
    • Medications
  • Nursing Process
Needs of the Childbearing Family: Preconception Period
  • Basic Concepts
    • Counseling and planning for parenthood
    • Health and lifestyle choices
  • Nursing Process
Needs of the Childbearing Family: Antepartal Period
  • Basic Concepts
    • Maternal
    • Fetus
  • Nursing Process
Needs of the Childbearing Family: Intrapartal Period
  • Basic Concepts
    • Maternal
    • Fetus
  • Nursing Process
Needs of the Childbearing Family: Postpartal Family
  • Basic Concepts
    • Mother
    • Neonate
  • Nursing Process
Cogenital Anomalies, Genetic Disorders, and Developmental Problems
  • Basic nursing concepts
  • Nursing process
Reproductive Disorders
  • Basic 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
  • Nursing process

(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
    ISBN 978-0-323-03690-0
  • Davis NCLEX-RN Success
      2nd by Lagerquist, Sally L. - F. A. Davis Company, 2006
    ISBN 9780-8036-1242-6
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
      8th by Kozier, Barbara / Erb, Glenora / Berman, Audrey / Snyder, Shirlee J. - Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, 2008
    ISBN 9780131714687