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Nurs Clin North Am. 2009 Sep;44(3):301-14. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2009.06.007.

The role of nursing in the management of unintended pregnancy.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA.


This article explores the role of nurses in the prevention, management, and treatment of unintended pregnancy. All nurses have a responsibility to understand the importance of reproductive health care in the primary care of women and their families, and to be prepared to respond to patients' needs for the prevention and management of unintended pregnancy. A public health framework provides an opportunity to identify the role of the nurse in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies that can contribute to the management of unintended pregnancy for the health of women and their families. Nursing education and the role of nurses in advocacy for reproductive health concerns are also addressed.

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