Are you looking for a way to showcase your research or innovative clinical project? Look no further—The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) is pleased to announce that the submission of abstracts for podium and poster presentations at the 18th Annual Conference is now open! Don’t miss the opportunity to share your findings/innovative project with the women’s healthcare community.
Registration is Open for the 2015 Women's Sexual Health Course for NPs!
The 2nd NPWH/ISSWSH Women's Sexual Health Course for NPs will be held in Orlando, Florida from June 26-28, 2015. This course is designed for nurse practitioners who wish to develop or enhance their skills, knowledge, and experience in evaluating and managing issues in women's sexual health. During the course, expert clinicians will present up-to-date evidence with an emphasis on teaching good diagnostic skills and practical management of common dysfunctions in women's sexual health. Upon completion of the course participants will receive Continuing Education Credits as well as a Certificate of Completion.
*Please note: If you are an NPWH member, were once a member, or have taken CE activities with NPWH in the past, you have a username and password in our new system. Please DO NOT create a new account. Creation of multiple accounts could result in loss of CE credits as well as other NPWH services. If you do not remember your username or password, please either click on the "forgot username" or "forgot password" links at the bottom of the sign in screen or call the NPWH office at (202) 543-9693 ext. 1.
**This course is designed for practicing NPs. If you are an NP student you are not eligible to register for the course.**
February is American Heart Month. Join NPWH in the Fight against coronary artery disease (CAD)
options that keep their cardiovascular needs in mind. Unfortunately, symptoms of obstructive CAD can be difficult to diagnose in women. And, common diagnostic tests do not take into consideration the cardiovascular differences between men and women. This leads to higher rates of inaccurate test results and additional, sometimes unnecessary, tests that expose patients to other risks.
NPWH and Healthy Women Team Up to Raise Awareness for Cervical Cancer Screening
NPWH and Healthy Women conducted a survey of 2,000 women and 750 healthcare providers to learn more about their attitudes and behaviors regarding cervical cancer. In honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month, on January 28th, 2015, the survey results were released at the Cervical Cancer Today event. The event featured presentations of the results by NPWH CEO, Gay Johnson and Healthy Women CEO, Beth Battaglino, RN, followed by a panel discussion of women’s health experts Nancy Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, James Simon, MD, CCD, NCMP, IF, FACOG, and Tamika Felder, a cervical cancer survivor and founder and CEO of Tamika & Friends, Inc. The panel was moderated by Deborah Arrindell, VP of Health Policy, American Sexual Health Association as they commented on the findings of the survey and provided calls to action for both women and healthcare providers.
Click here, to learn more about the survey. Join the conversation: #CervicalCancerToday
2014 NPWH Conference Recorded Sessions Now Available
The session recordings from the 17th Annual NPWH Premier Women's Healthcare Conference are now available! Please visit the recorded sessions pageof the new E-Learning Portal to view all of the recorded sessions. If you attended the conference in Savannah, GA, you will be able to view/review all of the course content free of charge. If you would like to earn credit for a session you did not attend, you will need to purchase the post-test first.
**Please note: If you attended the conference, you have a username and password. Please DO NOT create a new account. Creation of multiple accounts could result in loss of CE credits as well as other NPWH services. If you do not remember your username or password, please either click on the "forgot username" or "forgot password" links at the bottom of the sign in screen or call the NPWH office at (202) 543-9693 ext. 1.**
Introducing the New E-Learning Portal
Check out the new NPWH Continuing Education E-Learning Portal. The new Portal gives you the ability to access your NPWH membership status and view CE courses in one simplified sign-in; browse a listing of courses and use dynamic search criteria to find specific courses to meet your needs; view a dashboard of courses you have completed and those in progress through the "My Courses" tab; and download your certificate in a single click.
**Please note: If you are an NPWH member, were once a member, or have taken CE activities with NPWH in the past, you have a username and password in the new E-Learning Portal. Please DO NOT create a new account. Creation of multiple accounts could result in loss of CE credits as well as other NPWH services. If you do not remember your username or password, please either click on the "forgot username" or "forgot password" links at the bottom of the sign in screen or call the NPWH office at (202) 543-9693 ext. 1.**
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-543-9693 ext. 1.**
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 accompanying 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.
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.**
Contraceptive Technology Conferences
Join us in San Francisco, March 18-21 or Boston, March 25-28 for the 2015 Contraceptive Technology conferences. You will hear the latest on the new 2014 CDC STD treatment guidelines and quality family planning practices. Rounding out our program are the authors of the widely-cited text, Contraceptive Technology, who bring decades of experience and teaching to the conference. This year’s conferences are filled with can't miss speakers and dynamic content. We have much to share about new programs, initiatives, and guidelines! Be sure to tell colleagues, mark your calendars and plan to attend. Can’t attend the live conference, attend via live webcast! Visit ContemporaryForums.com for details.
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.
Final NPWH Research Priorities Agenda for 2013-2016
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.
Get your Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Toolkit today!
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.
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.
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 instructions on entering your information into the Database.