The Royal College of Nursing has launched new guidance for fertility nurses, who are increasingly taking on more clinical responsibilities and providing nurse led care.
The publication, developed following input from experts ranging from fertility nurses to sonographers, will be an “invaluable tool” for nursing and academic staff working in fertility services, according to the college.
RCN midwifery and women’s health adviser Carmel Bagness said: “Fertility nursing is an exciting field for nurses to develop their career, whilst providing high quality compassionate care to patients at a vulnerable time in their lives. It is a progressive area of practice, especially with its focus on innovative technologies combined with sensitive care.”
She added: “Fertility nurses are increasingly providing nurse-led, holistic care, from investigation to early pregnancy and end of treatment management. This requires expert education and training to support career progression”.
The development of the framework was supported by a sponsorship from the Higher Education Academy and Ferring Pharmaceuticals.