Advanced Health Assessment of Women: Clinical Skills and Procedures, Second Edition / Edition 2

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This manual-style reference presents the clinical skills needed to assess health and provide care to women of all of ages, with systematic reviews of all aspects of female mental and bodily health. The authors and contributors comprehensively cover female reproduction, anatomy, and physiology as examined at the cellular level. Also discussed are developmental, psychological, and sociocultural dimensions of women.

Offering an integrated approach to women's health care, the authors delineate the roles and functions of various health care providers serving female patients, including physician's assistants, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners. The chapters present assessment strategies that are on the leading edge of the expanded role of the advanced practice clinician. The chapter authors provide full, in-depth discussions of each assessment skill and technique as well as an understanding of the rationale behind each assessment.

Key topics discussed:

• Health assessment: physical examinations, assessment of pregnant women, and assessment and clinical evaluation of obesity in women
• Female Reproduction: anatomy, physiology, and the reproductive cycle
• Contraceptive devices: the diaphragm, intrauterine contraception, and contraceptive implants
• Assessment of women at risk: domestic violence, STIs, and sexual assault
• Assessment of the infertile woman: initial evaluations, donor insemination, and more


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826124265
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/25/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 937,177
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen A. Carcio, MS, MEd, ANP-BC, has been involved in women’s health care, both educationally and clinically, for the past 20 years. She was an associate clinical professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the nurse practitioner program for 10 years, where she was awarded the distinguished teaching medal. During that time she wrote a column for the Hampshire Gazette, in Northampton, Massachusetts, titled “Women’s Health Matters.” The column addressed the health care needs of women in the community and offered a forum for women to address their concerns.

She has written books on pathophysiology, infertility, and health assessments and she received the national award Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneur of the Year from Advance for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

Ms. Carcio practices independently, is the director and founder of the Health & Continence Institute of New England, and offers workshops on launching continence care programs. She has established multiple bladder health centers nationally and continues to offer consultation services to other centers with the same focus. In addition, Ms. Carcio is a highly sought-after lecturer on women’s health, bladder health issues, and incontinence. She has written 11 feature articles in the nationally recognized publication Advance for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, where she was a member of the advisory board. She is currently a member of the editorial advisory board for Women’s Health Care: A Clinical Journal for NPs. Ms. Carcio was also the winner of the National Association for Continence (NAFC) Continence Care Champion Award.

Mimi Clarke Secor, MS, MEd, RN, FNP-C, FAANP is a Family NP specializing in women’s health at Newton Wellesley Obstetrics and Gynecology, Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts and a Visiting Scholar at Boston College Graduate School of Nursing. She is a national speaker and consultant, and President Emerita and Senior Advisor for Nurse Practitioner Associates of Continuing Education (NPACE). Ms. Secor is a founding and current board member of the American College of Clinicians. Ms. Secor’s 32 years of clinical experience as an NP have included emergency care, college health, private practice, prison nursing and rural medicine. Before working for 7 years at Bethel Family Clinic, in Bethel, Alaska, she operated an independent Boston area NP practice for 12 years. Among other credits to her name, Ms Secor is on the editorial board of Clinician News, a former syndicated radio host of ‘Hot Topics in Women’s Health’ and has delivered numerous radio and TV presentations on Women’s Health. She is a founder of the Massachusetts Coalition of NPs (MCNP), a member and fellow in the American Academy of NPs, and a member of the Assoc of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP), the National Association of NPs in Women’s Health (NPWH), and the National Menopause Association (NAMS).

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Table of Contents

Contributors ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgment xvii

Unit 1 Female Reproduction

1 Anatomy and Physiology of Female Reproduction Helen A. Carcio 3

2 The Reproductive Cycle Helen A. Carcio 17

Unit 2 Health Assessment

3 The Health History Helen A. Carcio Paula Brooks 27

4 The Physical Examination Helen A. Carcio 97

5 Assessment of Vulvar Pain Deborah Lipkin 85

6 Assessment of the Female Breast Helen A. Carcio 97

7 Assessment of the Pregnant Woman Kate Green 117

8 Assessment and Clinical Evaluation of Obesity in Women Yolanda R. Hill 147

Unit 3 Investigative Procedures

9 The Papanicolaou Smear Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue 163

10 Vaginal Microscopy Helen A. Carcio Mimi Clarke Secor 189

11 Urinalysis Helen A. Carcio 229

12 Sonohysteroscopy (Fluid Contrast Ultrasound) Helen A. Carcio 245

13 Bone Densitometry Mimi Clarke Secor 251

14 BRCA Testing Helen A. Carcio Paula Brooks 259

Unit 4 Contraceptive Devices

15 The FemCap? Rebecca Koeniger-Donohue 271

16 The Diaphragm Helen A. Carcio 281

17 The Intrauterine Contraception Mimi Clarke Secor Marcia Denine 293

18 Contraceptive Implants Nancy Gardner Dirubbo 311

Unit 5 Assessment of Women at Risk

19 The Sexual-Assault Victim Karen Kalmakis 319

20 Domestic Violence Helen A. Carcio 325

21 Sexually Transmitted Infections Mimi Clarke Secor 331

Unit 6 Evaluation of the Menopausal Woman

22 Assessment of Menopausal Status Mimi Clarke Secor 345

23 Atrophic Vaginitis Mimi Clarke Secor 357

Unit 7 Evaluation of the Pelvic Floor

24 Pelvic Organ Prolapse Helen A. Carcio 371

25 Urinary Incontinence Helen A. Carcio 409

Unit 8 Assessment of the Infertile Woman

26 Initial Evaluation of Infertility Helen A. Carcio 429

27 The Postcoital Test Helen A. Carcio 453

28 Evaluation of the Candidate for Intrauterine Insemination Helen A. Carcio 465

29 Sperm-Washing Technique Helen A. Carcio 473

30 Intrauterine Insemination Procedure Helen A. Carcio 483

31 Donor Insemination Helen A. Carcio 491

Unit 9 Advanced Skills

32 Vulvar Cancer and Biopsy Helen A. Carcio 503

33 Endometrial Biopsy Helen A. Carcio 511

34 Acrochordonectomy Helen A. Carcio 527

35 Polypectomy Helen A. Carcio 529

36 Colposcopy Helen A. Carcio 531

37 The Simple Cystometrogram Helen A. Carcio 537

Bibliography 543

Index 559

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