Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, discusses the importance of educating nurses and physicians about reproductive health.
Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, from Moffitt Cancer Center and professor of oncologic sciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, discusses the importance of educating nurses and physicians about reproductive health.
Quinn says she believes few professionals receive education in this area and generally do not feel comfortable talking about it. One reason for an uncomfortable feeling, she says, may be because of personal values.
One aspect of the Educating Nurses about Reproductive Issues in Cancer Healthcare (ENRICH) training program includes asking nurses to examine their own values. Quinn says nurses need to provide patients with information about reproductive health regardless of their own values.
Finally, as the general public hears more stories about fertility preservation, the topic is becoming more normal than it was a few years ago.