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  • 22 Jan 2020

    RCN Nursing Education in Termination of Pregnancy Services

    Publication Code : 007 959

    This report outlines the results from an online survey conducted by the RCN, across the Termination of Pregnancy services in England, Wales and Scotland, to assess the current and future education requirements of nurses, midwives and non-registered health care support workers. It provides an outline career pathway and recommendations for the future education and training needs of those providing nursing care in this health care sector.  

  • 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. 

  • 16 Jul 2019

    Maternity workforce survey report

    Publication Code : 007760

    This publication contains the full results of the scoping exercise exploring the employment and role-specific training and continuing professional development of registered nurses and unregistered support workers in maternity services in the UK. Please read in conjunction with the published report Nurses in maternity care: RCN report

  • 16 Jul 2019

    Nurses in maternity care: Literature review

    Publication Code : 007761

    This is a literature review for the RCN’s Midwifery Forum project on the training and continuing professional development needs of registered nurses and unregistered support workers in maternity care. 

  • 16 Jul 2019

    Nurses in maternity care: RCN report

    Publication Code : 007640

    This report has been produced from the analysis of a workforce survey designed to explore the employment and role-specific training and continuing professional development (CPD) of registered nurses and unregistered support staff working in maternity services across the UK. The report was informed by two documents, also now available online.

  • 10 Jul 2019

    Conscientious objection guidance

    Publication Code : 007 690

    In 2013 RCN published its Position Statement on Termination of Pregnancy (Induced Abortion) (RCN 2013), and a part of that publication was providing guidance for nurses and midwives who wish to exercise the legal right to conscientious objection. This new guidance has reviewed our advice and updated the document for ease of use by nurses, midwives and nursing associates on the issue of conscientious objection.

  • 10 May 2019

    Sexual and reproductive health: education, training and career progression in nursing and midwifery

    Publication Code : 007 502

    Nurses and midwives who wish to work in sexual and reproductive health need further education and training to do so. It is a specialist area that requires post-registration education, training and development not covered on undergraduate programmes in enough depth. This publication has been developed alongside an online resource available at: and offers detail on the routes available to train in these areas and signposts nurses and midwives to valuable information. Produced with support from Health Education England.

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