Public Health Nurses and Family Planning

Authors

  • Deborah Oakley Ph.D.,

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    1. Deborah Oakley is a Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Janice Swanson is Director of Clinical Research, Merrill Peralta Medical Center and a Professor in the St. Mary's Intercollegiate Nursing Program, Oakland, California. Ingrid Swenson is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Shirley Marcy, a Family and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon, is retired.
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  • Janice Swanson R.N., Ph.D.,

    1. Deborah Oakley is a Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Janice Swanson is Director of Clinical Research, Merrill Peralta Medical Center and a Professor in the St. Mary's Intercollegiate Nursing Program, Oakland, California. Ingrid Swenson is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Shirley Marcy, a Family and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon, is retired.
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  • Ingrid Swenson R.N., Dr.P.H.,

    1. Deborah Oakley is a Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Janice Swanson is Director of Clinical Research, Merrill Peralta Medical Center and a Professor in the St. Mary's Intercollegiate Nursing Program, Oakland, California. Ingrid Swenson is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Shirley Marcy, a Family and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon, is retired.
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  • Shirley Marcy R.N., M.S.N.

    1. Deborah Oakley is a Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Janice Swanson is Director of Clinical Research, Merrill Peralta Medical Center and a Professor in the St. Mary's Intercollegiate Nursing Program, Oakland, California. Ingrid Swenson is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Shirley Marcy, a Family and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in Portland, Oregon, is retired.
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Address correspondence to Deborah Oakley, Ph.D., Center for Nursing Research, School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ml 48109-0482.

Abstract

Unintended pregnancy is a health problem that is particularly important in the practice of public health nurses (PHNs). Data from 844 PHNs showed that they were likely to practice in settings that incorporate family planning services and were knowledgeable about specific family planning methods. They favored family planning services and an expanded supportive government role in both family planning and abortion. Since PHNs are an important resource for the community activism required to build the consensus needed to expand these services, a multiple-regression analysis was performed to determine predictors of activism. Political participation was the major predictor for activism on both family planning and abortion.

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