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Women's health

Women’s health care is something that impacts across all healthcare settings, from contraception/pre-birth, adolescence to old age and death. The role of the nurse is to recognise the diversity of needs and expectations associated with delivering a high quality, humanistic approach to health, and would hope to empower women, from a personal heath perspective, to access the best available healthcare. Use this guide to find information resources about women’s health including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 08/12/2017

Key Resources

Royal College of Nursing Women’s Health Forum (2017) Women Royal College of Nursing Women’s Health Forum (2017) Women's health pocket guides, 1 of 3, London: RCN.
RCN Domestic Abuse Royal College of Nursing (2017) Domestic abuse pocket guide, London: RCN. 
Royal College of Nursing (2016) Female genital mutilation: an RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice (3rd edition), London: RCN Royal College of Nursing (2016) Female genital mutilation: an RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice (3rd edition), London: RCN
RCN FGM sexual Royal College of Nursing (2016) Female genital mutilation: RCN guidance for sexual health care, London: RCN. 
Genital examination in women: a resource for skills development and assessment Royal College of Nursing (2016) Genital examination in women: a resource for skills development and assessment (3rd edition), London: RCN.
RCN Modern slvery Royal College of Nursing (2017) Modern slavery pocket guide, London: RCN.
RCN Termination of pregnancy Royal College of Nursing (2017) Termination of pregnancy, London: RCN. 
Royal College of Nursing (2017) Clinical nurse specialist in early pregnancy care, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2017) Clinical nurse specialist in early pregnancy care, London: RCN.
Clinical nurse specialist in endometriosis Royal College of Nursing (2015) Clinical nurse specialist in endometriosis, London, RCN.
Public Health England (2016) Colposcopy and programme management: NHS cervical screening programme, PHE: London.
NHS Choices: Women’s health 18-39
We would like to thank the RCN Women's Health member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Alexander I, Johnson-Mallard V, Kostas-Polston E et al. (2016) Women Alexander I, Johnson-Mallard V, Kostas-Polston E et al. (2016) Women's health care in advanced practice nursing, New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Carcio H (2014) Advanced health assessment of women: clinical skills and procedures, New York: Springer Carcio H (2014) Advanced health assessment of women: clinical skills and procedures, New York: Springer.
Davidson M (2012) A nurse’s guide to women’s mental health, New York: Springer. Davidson M (2012) A nurse’s guide to women’s mental health, New York: Springer.
Garner J (2014) Women and healthy aging: living productively in spite of it all, London: Routledge. Garner J (2014) Women and healthy aging: living productively in spite of it all, London: Routledge.
Goldman M (2013) Women and health, London: Academic Press. Goldman M (2013) Women and health, London: Academic Press.
Guillebaud J and Macgregor A (editors) (2017) Contraception: your questions answered, Amsterdam: Elsevier. Guillebaud J and Macgregor A (editors) (2017) Contraception: your questions answered, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
Gupta S (2009) Oxford handbook of women’s health nursing, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Gupta S (2009) Oxford handbook of women’s health nursing, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Keen A (2011) Women’s cancers Keen A (2011) Women’s cancers, Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
Kenny, L and Bickerstaff, H (eds.) (2017) Gynaecology by ten teachers, Boca Raton, CRC Press Kenny L and Bickerstaff H (editors) (2017) Gynaecology by ten teachers, Boca Raton, CRC Press.
Schuiling K and Likis F (2016) Women Schuiling K and Likis F (2016) Women's gynecologic health, Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
Symonds I (2013) Essential obstetrics and gynaecology Symonds I (2013) Essential obstetrics and gynaecology, Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
Tharpe N, Farley C and Jordan R (2016) Clinical practice guidelines for midwifery and women's health, Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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Nursing History Collection

Graham H (1993) Hardship and health in women’s lives, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf. Graham H (1993) Hardship and health in women’s lives, Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.
Moscucci O (1993) The science of woman: gynaecology and gender in England 1800-1929, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Moscucci O (1993) The science of woman: gynaecology and gender in England 1800-1929, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Nelson J (2015) More than medicine: a history of the feminist women’s health movement, New York: New York University Press. Nelson J (2015) More than medicine: a history of the feminist women’s health movement, New York: New York University Press.

Special Collections

Our Permanent Collection consists of nursing specific core items and rare items. It is viewable by appointment at the RCN Library and Heritage Centre. Here is a small selection of items from our collection
Bermosk L (1979) Women's health and human wholeness, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts.
Leeson J (1978) Women and medicine, London: Tavistock.
Quain R (1895) A dictionary of medicine : including general pathology, general therapeutics, hygiene, and the diseases of women and children, London: Longmans, Green & Co.

Historical Journals

Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing (1888-1956)
  • Digitised journal available online.
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  • Article: (no author) (1918) The health of a woman, British Journal of Nursing, 30 March, p.226-227.
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