Caring for Women with Unintended Pregnancies


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  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit

    A total of one contact hour may be earned as CNE credit for reading “Caring for Women with Unintended Pregnancies” and for completing an online post-test and evaluation.

    AWHONN is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accrditation.

    AWHONN holds a California BRN number, California CNE Provider #CEP580


Katherine Simmonds, MSN, MPH, WHNP-BC School of Nursing MGH Institute of Health Professions 36 1st Ave. Charlestown, MA 02129


Unintended pregnancy is a common reproductive health event. Professional responsibilities for nurses providing care to women with unintended pregnancies include appropriate assessment, options counseling, provision of or referral for desired services, care coordination, and prevention efforts aimed at decreasing future unintended pregnancies. Nurses’ awareness of available services and their involvement in referring or providing services is an essential component to reproductive health care.