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Fertility Nursing

The provision of fertility services to support those seeking treatment for infertility is a newer area of nursing practice; the fertility nurse is responsible for providing a holistic approach to investigation, treatment, and early pregnancy through compassionate, informed and evidence-based practice. It is a diverse role engaging with the multi professional team and lobbying to improve services across the UK. Use this guide to find information resources related to fertility nursing including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 06/06/2022

Key Resources

Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Fertility care and emotional wellbeing. London: RCN.
Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Fertility care provision for the UK: position statement London: RCN
Book Cover Royal College of Nursing (2021) Fertility preservation: RCN guidance for nursing staff. London: RCN.
Publication Cover Royal College of Nursing (2021) An RCN education and career progression framework for fertility nursing. London: RCN.
Clinical nurse specialist in endometriosis Royal College of Nursing (2021) Clinical nurse specialist in endometriosis. London: RCN.
Guidance cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Female genital mutilation. RCN guidance for sexual health care. London: RCN.
Book Cover Royal College of Nursing (2019) Female genital mutilation: an RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice. 4th edn. London: RCN.
Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Genital examination in women. A resource for skills development and assessment. London: RCN.
Book Cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Guidance for nurses and midwives to support those affected by domestic abuse. London: RCN.
Book Cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Modern slavery and trafficking: guidance for nurses and midwives. London: RCN.
Publication Cover Royal College of Nursing (2021) Multiple births midwife standard: RCN guidance for midwifery and nursing. London: RCN.
Guidance cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) RCN guidance conscientious objection (termination of pregnancy): position statement. London: RCN.
Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) RCN nursing education in termination of pregnancy services. London: RCN.
Guidance cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) RCN termination of pregnancy (induced abortion) 2013: position statement. London: RCN.
Book Cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Termination of pregnancy: an RCN nursing framework. London: RCN. 
Book Cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Women’s health pocket guide. London: RCN.
RCN page on domestic abuse
RCN page on female genital mutilation
RCN page on modern Slavey and human trafficking 
RCN page on pregnancy and disability
Nursing and Midwifery Council (2018) The Code: professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates, London: NMC.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists: guidelines
We would like to thank the RCN Fertility Nursing member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Book Cover Allen H (2009) Managing intimacy and emotions in advanced fertility care: the future of nursing and midwifery roles. Keswick: M & K Publishing.
Book Cover Balen A (2014) Infertility in practice. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Book Cover Earle S (2012) Understanding reproductive loss: perspectives on life, death and fertility. Farham, Surrey: Ashgate.
Book Cover Knight, J (2015) The complete guide to fertility awareness. London: Routledge
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Macklon N (2015) Case studies in assisted reproduction: common and uncommon presentations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Cover McVeigh E (2013) Oxford handbook of reproductive medicine and family planning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book Cover Melville C (2015) Sexual and reproductive health at a glance. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.
Book Cover Mulhall J (2013) Fertility preservation in male cancer patients. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Book Cover Mulhall J and Hsiao W (2014) Men’s sexual health and fertility: a clinician’s guide. Berlin: Springer.
Book Cover Watson R  (2015) Handbook of fertility: nutrition, diet, lifestyle and reproductive health. Amsterdam : Academic Press.

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British Infertility Counselling Association
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

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Page last updated - 06/06/2022