The role of nursing in the management of unintended pregnancy

Nurs Clin North Am. 2009 Sep;44(3):301-14. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2009.06.007.


This article explores the role of nurses in the prevention, management, and treatment of unintended pregnancy. All nurses have a responsibility to understand the importance of reproductive health care in the primary care of women and their families, and to be prepared to respond to patients' needs for the prevention and management of unintended pregnancy. A public health framework provides an opportunity to identify the role of the nurse in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention strategies that can contribute to the management of unintended pregnancy for the health of women and their families. Nursing education and the role of nurses in advocacy for reproductive health concerns are also addressed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Legal
  • Clinical Competence
  • Codes of Ethics
  • Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate
  • Family Planning Services
  • Female
  • Healthy People Programs / methods
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Patient Advocacy
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Preconception Care
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Tests
  • Pregnancy, Unplanned*
  • Primary Prevention
  • Reproductive Medicine / education
  • Reproductive Medicine / ethics
  • Reproductive Medicine / methods*
  • United States
  • Women's Health*