A reformation in the field of medical care is the use of nurses in the integration of Ultrasound within the practice of OB/GYN (Obstetric/Gynecological) Nursing. Ultrasound within Reproductive Medicine has become specialized by nurses in accordance with guidelines put forth in 1993 by AWHONN (Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses).
The September/October 2011 issue of the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing includes very comprehensive information about training and evaluating nurses performing Ultrasound in Reproductive Medicine. Programs endorsed by AWHONN such as through HealthNet (www.hnfs.com) include a continuing education component and is set to provide opportunities to train nurses to policy, education and credentialing for their practice needs and settings. This is great news for the nursing profession and the women who are served by it.
The availability of nurses to help with this much needed diagnostic procedure is a life-saving measure, especially when needing crisis intervention decision-making.
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