NPWH wishes you and your families a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. This was such a wonderful year for us. We hope that 2014 was just as positive and productive for you. We are looking forward to 2015 and all the new adventures and exciting developments it will bring for women’s health care. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 18th Annual Clinical Conference from October 14-17, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah, as well as the second Women’s Sexual Health Course from June 26-28, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
Thank you for your continued support of NPWH and women’s healthcare.
NPWH and AWHONN launch the 7th Edition of Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Guidelines
The Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner: Guidelines for Practice and Education, 7th edition was prepared by a joint task force consisting of members of AWHONN and NPWH. The task force members were selected for their knowledge and experience in women’s health, nursing education, and/or clinical practice. The Guidelines define the role of the WHNP, identify practice competencies, and guide educators in the development of nurse practitioner (NP) educational programs in women’s health, consistent with the recommendations set forth in the 2010 Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. Read more about the Guidelines.
Get your copy today! Free for NPWH members. Not a member? Become a member of NPWH and get your free copy of the new guidelines.
**If you are having trouble downloading the guidelines, please contact the NPWH Office at email@example.com or 202-543-9693 ext. 1.**
Need CEs Before 2015? Check Out These Opportunities:
3 Part Newsletter Series: Case Studies in OAB
Part 1 - Assessing Patients with Overactive Bladder (OAB) in Your Practice: Are You Fully Addressing the Needs of Your Patients? Participate in this activity
The Well Woman Visit Mobile App is Now Available for Download!
This free mobile app is specifically designed for healthcare providers and is intended to be a helpful tool for the well-woman visit. Please visit our Well Woman Visit Mobile App page to learn more and download the app. Android and iPhone/iPad versions are available.
NPWH Reacts to Hobby Lobby Decision: Supreme Court Ruling Jeopardizes the Health of Women
NPWH is disappointed in the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision favoring closely held corporations’ religious freedoms by allowing those employers to refuse payment for insurance coverage for contraception. We fully support women's legal right to contraception without cost-sharing and oppose the imposition of an employer’s religious beliefs on women’s health care decisions. Read the entire statement.
Resources to Help Women Quit Smoking Before or During Pregnancy
This Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week, we need your help to reduce the number of women who smoke during pregnancy. Today, an estimated 10% of women smoke at some point during their pregnancy. The prevalence is much higher among certain populations, including those who are poor, under 25, and have less than a high school education. Quitting smoking has immediate positive health effects for women and their families, and reducing prenatal smoking will have long-term impacts on the burden of disease related to prenatal and secondhand smoke exposure.
Protect Infants from Pertussis - Immunize Mom in the Third Trimester
Pertussis (whooping cough) remains widespread in the U.S., with 24 percent more cases reported to date in 2014 than 2013. Infants too young to be fully immunized are most likely to be hospitalized or die. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urge healthcare providers to immunize all pregnant women between 27 and 36 weeks gestation with Tdap vaccine during EACH pregnancy, even if they received Tdap in the past.
For more information, click here or call the CDC hotline: 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO).
NPWH Partners with Million Hearts®
On April 1, NPWH became an official partner of the Million Hearts® Initiative. The Million Hearts® Initiative brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke. Read more about how NPWH will be supporting the initiative.
Check Out the National Coalition for Sexual Health's New Guide - Take Charge of Your Sexual Health: What you need to know about preventive services
The sexual health guide and accampanying website are great patient resources that aim to inform men and women of all ages, including teens and older adults, about sexual health. The guide focuses on the preventive services (screenings, vaccines, and counseling) that can help protect and improve a patient's sexual health. It also explains these recommended services and helps patients talk with their health care providers about their sexual health.
FREE CE Activity!
Check out the new 3-part newsletter series: Case Studies in OAB. This CE newsletter series presents practical strategies to meet the needs of nurse practitioners (NPs) and other clinicians who manage the health of women throughout the lifespan. The Case Studies in OAB newsletter series is designed to address gaps in practice and to assist in the diagnosis and management of patients with OAB symptoms.
Part 2 - Assessing Patient Response to Treatment for OAB: An Individualized Approach to Treatment - available beginning December 1, 2014
Part 3 - Managing OAB in a Patient Who Does Not Respond to First-Line Treatments - available beginning January 1, 2015
The New NPWH Online Journal is Now Available! Sign-up today to receive your complimentary subscriptions.
NPWH's new official journal, Women's Healthcare: A Clinical Journal for NPs, is now available! At your fingertips, you have access to the first interactive NP journal focusing on women’s healthcare topics. Each issue will include peer-reviewed, clinical, practical articles, as well as active links to additional valuable resources.
Click here to enter your email address and receive a half-year complimentary subscription of our new online journal.
**If you are an NPWH Member or have logged in to the NPWH website in the past, you do not need to sign-up to receive the journal. You will autimatically receive your complimentary subscriptions. However, if you have not updated your email address in a while, please log in and and provide us with an updated address.**
The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH)
NPWH is now a member of NCSH. The Coalition aims to improve sexual health and well-being by encouraging productive and sustained conversations about sexual health and promoting high quality sexual health information and health services. You can join The Coalition as an organization or an individual. Visit http://nationalcoalitionforsexualhealth.org/ to learn more and join NCSH.
NPWH 2013 Conference Handouts are Available on the NPWH Online CE Center!
You can download, review and print all of your conference session handouts via the 2013 Conference Center on the NPWH Online CE Center. Don't forget to bring your printed materials with you to San Diego.
The majority of the conference session handouts have been posted, but there are more to come! Log in to the site periodically to view newly added session handouts.
*There will be WiFi in all of the conference session rooms, so that you can download and view the handouts you were unable to access before the conference.*
Accessing The Handouts:
Click on the link above and sign in to your CE Center account with your username and password.
If you do not know or have forgotten your username and/or password, please click the "Forgot Password" link next to the "Login" button.
Follow the instructions on the "Forgot Password/Username" page and you will receive an email with your username and a password reset.
Once you have your username and password, click on the link above, sign in to the CE Center and proceed to step 2 (see below).
On the 2013 Conference Center homepage, you will see "Before the Conference - Get Your Handouts." Click on the link below this title "Click here to download handouts for the 2013 Conference." (This link will open in a new window.)
**Please Note: Your CE Center login info may be different than your NPWH member login for the NPWH website. Please follow the "Forgot Password/Username" instructions above to obtain the correct CE Center login info.**
This video introduces the National Council on Patient Education's Adherence Action Agenda (A3) Project. Learn more about the challenges associated with medicine adherence and why this issue is so important at http://www.bemedicinesmart.org/.
Review the Newly Added Affordable Care Act Resources Page
Most of what we have come to know about health care today is changing with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We have compiled a few resources here to help you and your patients better understand the ACA and the changes it will bring to health care.
Check out the New CE Activities on the Practicing Clinicians Exchange (PCE) Website
NPWH developed a Heavy Menstrual Bleeding (HMB) Toolkit to help NPs identify and treat HMB. The Toolkit includes a number of informative and helpful materials with suggested pathways for treatment options and guidelines for identifying patients with HMB. The Toolkit is FREE to all NPs! Click here to order an HMB Toolkit.
2012 Recorded NPWH Conference Presentations
We are pleased to announce that the 2012 Conference session videos are now available on the NPWH Online CE Center. Please click here to access the conference session videos and posttests.
Additional access information and instructions for NPWH Members and Non-NPWH Members is outlined on the CE Activities page.
Check out the First Place winner of NPWH's 1st Annual Video Contest
This video was created by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner students in response to the question: "Why become a women's health nurse practitioner?"
Click hereto watch the video on the NPWH YouTube Channel.
Cans Not Cancer
The Breast Cancer Fund's Cans Not Cancer campaign aims to convince canned food manufacturers to stop using bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical linked to breast cancer, in the lining of food cans and to replace it with safe alternatives. At the same time, we're educating consumers about the dangers of BPA, and building awareness about where BPA is found and how to avoid it. Read more about the campaign here.
NPWH Members: Don't Forget to Add Your Contact Information to the NP Database
Adding your contact information to our NP Database will benefit you, your practice and the public. Click here for instuctions on entering your information into the Database.