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Women's Health

Women's health care is something that impacts across all healthcare setting, 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: 02/08/2021

Key Resources

Clinical nurse specialist in endometriosis Royal College of Nursing (2018) Clinical nurse specialist in endometriosis. 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.
Royal College of Nursing (2019) Female genital mutilation. An RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice (4th edn), London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2019) Female genital mutilation. An RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice. 4th edn. London: RCN.
Guidance cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Female genital mutilation. RCN guidance for sexual health care. 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.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical Screening and Cervical Cancer Royal College of Nursing (2020) Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Cervical screening and cervical cancer. London: RCN.
RCN Menopause guidance PDF cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Menopause: RCN guidance for nurses, midwives and health visitors. London: RCN.
Menopause and mental health Royal College of Nursing (2019) Menopause and mental health pocket cards. London: RCN.
007732 Royal College of Nursing (2019) Nurse specialist in menopause. London: RCN.
Guide cover Royal College of Nursing (2020) Modern slavery and trafficking: guidance for nurses and midwives. London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2021) RCN position statement on Registered Nursing Associates (RNAs) training in cervical screening. England only. 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.
Promoting menstrual wellbeing Royal College of Nursing (2019) Promoting menstrual wellbeing. London: RCN.
PDF cover art 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
RCN page on woman's health
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's health care in advanced practice nursing, New York: Springer Publishing Company. Alexander I, Johnson-Mallard V, Kostas-Polston E et al. (2017) Women's health care in advanced practice nursing. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Book cover Bobel C, Winkler I T, Fahs B, Hasson K A, Kissling E A, Roberts T A (eds.) The Palgrave handbook of critical menstruation studies. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan.
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 (eds.) (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.
Holloway - nursing management Holloway D (2019) Nursing management of women’s health: a guide for nurse specialists and practitioners. London: Springer.
Keen A (2011) Women’s cancers Keen A (2011) Women’s cancers. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
Schuiling K and Likis F (2016) Women's gynecologic health, Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Schuiling K and Likis F (2016) Women's gynecologic health. Burlington: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
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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Events and Exhibitions

RCN Wandering Womb exhibition RCN exhibition: The wandering womb
  • Women have long been viewed as at the mercy of their biology. How has nursing as a profession challenged the myths and misconceptions around women's health? This exhibition explored themes including menstruation, miscarriage, menopause and gynaecological cancers.
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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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Upcoming events relating to this subject guide

  • 04 Nov 2021 Online

    Myth Busting the Menopause (for Registered Nurses, Midwives, Health Care Support Workers and Nursing Students)

    This morning seminar aims to: Increase knowledge of the Menopause Basics, raise awareness of the red flags associated with the menopause, and improve understand around the risks and benefits of HRT. This event is hosted by RCN Wales but you do not need to be working in Wales to join us!  

  • 25 Nov 2021 Online

    RCN Wales Domestic Abuse Conference: Tackling Difficult Conversations

    This conference will explore the perceptions of surviving domestic abuse and the domestic abuse cycle, discuss how healthcare staff can be supported if exposed to domestic abuse, and consider the impact of domestic abuse on children, the promotion of trauma informed approaches to practice and demonstrate an example of best practice in supporting families. You do not need to be based in Wales to join us for this event.  

  • 01 Dec 2021 Online

    RCN Women's Health Forum Conference

    Increase your knowledge of women's health issues across their life course by attending this virtual conference. Early bird offer available until 9am, 21 Oct. 

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