A Guide to Sexual Health Conversations: What Every Healthcare Professional Needs to Know
As a nurse practitioner, sex therapist and educator specializing in sexual health, I know first hand that health care providers feel ill prepared to discuss sexual health matters with their patients. They intend to provide comprehensive care but their training in sexual health is limited leaving this area of health care largely neglected.
In response to this need A Guide to Sexual Health Conversations: What Every Healthcare Professional Needs to Know was created. It will equip providers with the knowledge and confidence needed to initiate sexual health conversations
Sexual health is an integral component of overall health and well-being but often neglected in the health care setting.
A national call to action has been set in motion to develop additional educational resources that promote health sexuality.
My approach has been years in the making, as it follows the model I developed and have used successfully in my clinical practice. Having shared my unique approach with Nurse Practitioners at state and national conferences for years, they continue to come to me asking for more training options. They want a variety of options, specific examples and resources that they can choose from to develop their own unique style when having these intimate and vulnerable conversations.
If our health care providers do not receive the training needed the subject of sexual health will be avoided and our patients will continue to suffer with anxiety, depression and loneliness as a result of their unmet need for human connection, intimacy and love.