A Comprehensive Education and Support Program for Women Experiencing Hysterectomies

Authors

  • PEGGY E. DULANEY RN, MSN, CS,

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    1. Peggy E. Dulaney is a mental-health clinical nurse specialist at the Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. Ms. Dulaney is a member of the American Nurses' Association Council on Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, and the South Carolina Nurses' Association.
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  • VICKY C. CRAWFORD RN, SSN,

    1. Vicky C. Crawford is an obstetric and gynecologic nurse clinician for the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina. MS. Crawford is a member of NAACOG.
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  • GERALDINE TURNER RN

    1. Geraldine Turner is the program director of gynecology at the Greenville Hospital System in Greenville, South Carolina.
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Address for correspondence: Peggy E. Dulaney, RN, MSN, CS, Mental Health Clinical Specialist, Greenville Memorial Hospital, 701 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

Abstract

Women undergoing hysterectomies require special education and emotional support. A new comprehensive program of nursing interventions helps assist women in coping with hysterectomies. Nurses, combining their skills in gynecologic and mental-health nursing, conduct presurgery classes, provide information and support during hospitalization, and offer a postdischarge support group to hysterectomy patients. This article includes descriptions of the program's development process, class content, and ways in which continuity of care is provided.

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