Women's health: Publications

  • 16 Sep 2020

    Menopause: RCN Guidance for Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors

    Publication Code : 009 326

    To provide support and advice to women it is important that health care professionals understand the changes that women face at the time of their menopause and the issues related to improving health after menopause. This updated publication aims to help health care professionals gain awareness of the menopause and the safety and efficacy of modern therapy options available. This publication is endorsed by the British Menopause Society.  

  • 1 Sep 2020

    The Menopause and Work: Guidance for RCN Representatives

    Publication Code : 009 327

    Sitting within the Healthy Workplaces campaign, this updated publication provides guidance to RCN Reps when working with colleagues going through the menopause. The document discusses symptoms, workplace policies, and recommendations for changes to both work patterns and the work environment.

  • 28 Jul 2020

    Termination of Pregnancy (Induced Abortion)

    Publication Code : 009 324

    An updated position statement from the RCN on Termination of Pregnancy (Induced Abortion). Previous version was 006 685.

  • 3 Jun 2020

    Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical Screening and Cervical Cancer

    Publication Code : 007 960

    This new edition includes guidance for registered nurses working in a range of health care settings, in particular those involved in women’s health, cervical screening and public health. It focuses on an overview of HPV (including the current vaccination recommendations), the national cervical screening programme, information about colposcopy and some key facts on cervical cancer. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, readers are reminded to be mindful of ongoing updates to local policy and procedures in relation to PPE, social distancing, safety measures and access to services, which have not been embedded in this document.  

  • 3 Jun 2020

    Genital Examination in Women

    Publication Code : 007 961

    This new edition provides standards and sample assessment tools for training in genital examination in women for registered nurses working in sexual and reproductive health settings, and related health and social care settings. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, readers are reminded to be mindful of ongoing updates to local policy and procedures in relation to PPE, social distancing, safety measures and access to services, which have not been embedded in this document.

  • 13 Mar 2020

    Fertility care and emotional wellbeing

    Publication Code : 007 770

    This guidance has been developed as a resource for all health care professionals in all areas of fertility care and acknowledges the differences between emotional support and wellbeing, implications counselling and therapeutic counselling. The HFEA has supported the publication of this title.

  • 10 Dec 2019

    Female Genital Mutilation

    Publication Code : 007 833

    This comprehensive guidance considers many aspects of FGM from its history to contemporary socio-cultural, legal and clinical components to aid raising awareness and improving the quality of care to those who have been adversely affected by FGM. Replaces 005 447.  

  • 13 Nov 2019

    Menopause and Mental Health pocket cards

    Publication Code : 007 813

    The menopause is a key milestone in women’s lives. These cards have been developed to help nurses provide women with information on living well and how to positively manage the menopause.  

  • 13 Nov 2019

    Promoting Menstrual Wellbeing

    Publication Code : 007 856

    Menstruation is both a physiological and psychological milestone in a woman’s life. This publication has been developed to help nurses break down the stigma that can be associated with what is a completely natural process. It is important to use appropriate and flexible communication methods to ensure information on the menstrual cycle is delivered in an accessible format for women. This publication has a supporting promotional flyer (007 857) and both resources are supported by Hologic’s Wear White Again campaign. 

  • 17 Jul 2019

    Nurse specialist in menopause

    Publication Code : 007732

    The menopause happens to all women, however the degree of its impact on a woman’s quality of life and the symptoms experienced are very individual. The role of a specialist in menopause was included in the 2015 NICE guidelines on managing menopause, however the detail of how this role might be implemented in practice was less clear and subsequently the British Menopause Society (BMS) produced a guide for all health care professionals. 

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