Welcome to “Continuing Education for Health Care Providers:
A Guide to Sexual Health Conversations: What Every Healthcare Professional Needs to Know”
This comprehensive guide is designed to equip healthcare professionals with the essential knowledge and skills required to engage in meaningful conversations about sexual health with their patients.
Drawing from my firsthand experience as a nurse practitioner, certified sexuality counselor, and educator specializing in sexual health, I am well aware of the challenges healthcare providers face when it comes to addressing sexual health matters with their patients. Despite their intention to deliver comprehensive care, many providers feel ill-equipped due to limited training in this crucial area, leading to the neglect of sexual health within healthcare.
Recognizing this pressing need, we have developed “A Guide to Sexual Health Conversations: What Every Healthcare Professional Needs to Know.” This comprehensive guide consists of multiple continuing education modules meticulously designed to equip healthcare providers with the necessary knowledge and confidence to initiate discussions about sexual health and effectively address the sexual concerns of their patients.
Sexual health is A VITAL ASPECT OF OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING, YET IS FREQUENTLTY OVERLOOKED WITHIN THE health care setting.
Recognizing this gap, a nationwide call to action has been initiated, aiming to offer comprehensive sexual health training to healthcare providers and develop educational resources that actively promote and support healthy sexuality.
Acquiring expertise in sexual health offers Health Care Providers a range of benefits, such as professional advancement, expanded career opportunities, the capacity to meet patient’s needs, improved patient care, the promotion of collaborative practice, and personal fulfillment. With this expertise, healthcare providers are empowered to positively influence the quality of patients’ lives, their intimate relationships, and contribute to their overall well-being
Without adequate training for our healthcare providers, the topic of sexual health may be overlooked. As a result, patients might persistently suffer from anxiety, depression, and loneliness, stemming from unfulfilled needs for human connection, intimacy, and love.