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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: 10/02/2021

Key Resources

Fertility care and emotional wellbeing Royal College of Nursing (2020) Fertility care and emotional wellbeing. London: RCN.
RCN Fertility Care Provision for the UK Royal College of Nursing (2020) Fertility care provision for the UK: position statement London: RCN
Cover of RCN publication on fertility preservation Royal College of Nursing (2021) Fertility preservation: RCN guidance for nursing staff. London: RCN.
RCN Education and career framework for fertility nursing Royal College of Nursing (2018) An RCN education and career progression framework for fertility nursing. London: RCN.
Clinical nurse specialist in endometriosis Royal College of Nursing (2018) 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.
RCN FGM Royal College of Nursing (2019) Female genital mutilation: an RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice. 4th edn. London: RCN.
https://www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development/publications/rcn-genital-examination-in-women-pub007961 Royal College of Nursing (2020) Genital examination in women. A resource for skills development and assessment. London: RCN.
RCN Domestic Abuse Royal College of Nursing (2020) Guidance for nurses and midwives to support those affected by domestic abuse. London: RCN.
RCN Modern slvery Royal College of Nursing (2020) Modern slavery and trafficking: guidance for nurses and midwives. London: RCN.
Cover of RCN publication on multiple births midwives standards 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.
Royal College of Nursing (2020) RCN nursing education in termination of pregnancy services, London: RCN. 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.
Cover of RCN publication on termination of pregnancy Royal College of Nursing (2020) Termination of pregnancy: an RCN nursing framework. London: RCN. 
Cover of RCN publication on women's health pocket guide 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
NICE guidance search: fertility 
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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

Allen H (2009) Managing intimacy and emotions in advanced fertility care: the future of nursing and midwifery roles, Keswick: M & K Publishing. Allen H (2009) Managing intimacy and emotions in advanced fertility care: the future of nursing and midwifery roles. Keswick: M & K Publishing.
Balen, A.H. (2014) Infertility in practice. 4th edn. CRC Press, Boca Raton. Balen A (2014) Infertility in practice. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
Earle S (2012) Understanding reproductive loss: perspectives on life, death and fertility, Farham, Surrey: Ashgate. Earle S (2012) Understanding reproductive loss: perspectives on life, death and fertility. Farham, Surrey: Ashgate.
Knight complete guide Knight, J (2015) The complete guide to fertility awareness. London: Routledge
Mackon N (2015) Case studies in assisted reproduction: common and uncommon presentations, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Macklon N (2015) Case studies in assisted reproduction: common and uncommon presentations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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

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British Infertility Counselling Association
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