Nursing tasks are of vital importance in all fields and areas of health. Their recommendations and care maintain the appropriate guidelines for the patients. In Assisted Reproduction (ART), although patients do not need continuous monitoring, they should be informed in detail regarding the steps of their treatment, since both medication and preparation for the cycle are key to reproductive success. This is why reproductive nursing is an indispensable skill in all reproductive medicine units.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has named 2020 as the Year of the Nurse, in tribute to these professionals who contribute so much to the health and well-being of the world's population. At IVI Global Education, we would like to follow suit and emphasize our praise of the essential role that nursing plays in reproductive medicine.
According to the working document The Present and Future of the Nursing Practice in Assisted Reproduction, compiled by the nursing group of the Spanish Fertility Society, the main objective and responsibility of reproductive nursing is "to provide continuous comprehensive care to all patients who request assistance throughout the entire process, in the areas of reception, information, advice, coordination of procedures, health education and emotional support. This care is extended to blood extractions for the monitoring of hormone levels during treatments, assistance in ultrasound examinations, organization of the medical visits, clinical record updates, participation in surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, etc. Nurses are the central axis who unite and link all of the professionals comprising the multidisciplinary team".
Nurses are the indispensable organizers of a patient’s medical records and agenda. They convey confidence and assurance when dealing with the intricate processes involved in the reproductive treatments.
Continuous Recycling, the sign of Successful Reproductive Nursing
Reproductive health care professionals require continuous training and education. Reproductive medicine is a dynamic field that is always changing due to the continuous progression of the medical developments. The non-stop evolution of processes and protocols require continuous technical innovation and change. Continuous education is essential when providing these advanced treatments that go hand in hand with the medical breakthroughs.
The reproductive nursing group also acts as a research health group. As such, they focus mainly on obtaining data for developing measures and procedures geared towards improving the patient’s well-being, therefore adding to their reproductive success. The professionals can then access the results of these data and tests in order to keep up to date with new protocols and decision making.
Strategic position of the nurse in the reproductive medicine unit
As the nexus of almost all the reproductive units, nurses are the working group with the most holistic perspective and vision of the patient’s health and well-being. Nurses are the link between doctors and biologists, health personnel and psychology professionals, and among all the professionals in other fields who are involved in the reproductive process.
Nurses occupy a strategic position in the assisted reproductive unit and service in general. This status requires that he/she undergo training in other fields related to the occupation that may go beyond the specific nursing requirements, such as the management of emotions or general gynecological health.
At IVI Global Education, it is of utmost importance for our nursing department to keep up to date with the latest advancements in reproduction and in the reproductive medical field in general. For this very reason, we offer the annual online course on Assisted Reproduction for Nurses, which focuses on improving nursing specialization in this field. If you are a reproductive nurse, we encourage you to consult the program and participate. This wonderful profession is defined by our philosophy of continuous development so that we may always provide maximum comfort and assurance while assisting women in achieving their reproductive projects and goals.