Original Research| Volume 19, ISSUE 4, 104491, April 2023

Evaluation of a Hands-On Graduate Training Curriculum in Contraception Care


      • Lack of provider training is the single-best predictor of low long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) utilization.
      • Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) do not typically receive hands-on training in LARC while in school.
      • APRNs who received this training reported being comfortable in their practice.
      • Providing simulation and clinical exposure increased confidence in LARC methods.


      As advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) take on a greater role assisting women with their reproductive needs, particularly in medically underserved areas, opportunities for hands-on training in long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) while in graduate school are needed. Reporting is also needed by nursing schools that elect to provide these training opportunities to enhance workforce preparedness. A postgraduation survey of 161 APRNs from 4 universities in South Carolina indicated that simulation and opportunities to reinforce learning through clinical placement contributed to greater knowledge, skills, and abilities in LARC insertion and removal, as well as a strong level of satisfaction with the training curriculum.


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


      Deborah Hopla, DNP, APRN-BC, is an associate professor, School of Health Sciences, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC.


      Tracy George, DNP, APRN-BC, CNE, is an associate professor, School of Health Sciences, Francis Marion University, Florence, SC.


      Catherine O. Durham, DNP, FNP, is an associate professor, College of Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.


      Lisa Miller, PhD, FNP, is an assistant professor, College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, SC.


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