Hands-On Experience With Long-Acting Reversible Contraception for Nurse Practitioner Students

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      • Future nurse practitioner providers need enhanced long-acting reversible contraception and reproductive health training.
      • Reproductive health educational methods included hands-on training, objective structured comprehensive examinations focusing on reproductive health topics, workshops, enhanced didactic content, and clinical experiences in reproductive health.
      • The trainings provided at 4 universities provided benefits to nurse practitioner students as well as future patients.


      Almost half of all pregnancies are unintended. Future nurse practitioners (NPs) need long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) training. The purpose of this project was to increase LARC and reproductive health education to NP students at 4 public colleges of nursing. Four universities reported the implementation of LARC and reproductive health trainings from 2017 to 2020. Successful implementation of LARC educational trainings at each university yielded benefits for future providers and patients. Reproductive health content and LARC training offer benefits to NP students and improve patients’ access to contraception.


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      Tracy George, DNP, FNP-BC, CNE is an associate professor at the School of Health Sciences at Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, and can be contacted at [email protected] .


      Deborah Hopla, DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is an associate professor at the School of Health Sciences, Frances Marion University.


      Nathaniel Bell, PhD, is an associate professor at the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC.


      Catherine O. Durham, DNP, FNP-BC, FAAN, is an associate professor at the College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.


      Sheryl Mitchell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, FAANP, is the assistant dean for graduate studies and an associate professor at the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina College.


      Stephanie Burgess, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, is professor emeritus with the College of Nursing, University of South Carolina.


      Lisa Miller, PhD, FNP, is a senior lecturer with the College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences, Clemson University in Clemson, SC.


      Angie Olawsky, MPH, RN, is the associate vice president at Sustainability New Morning in Columbia, SC.