Fast Facts about the Gynecologic Exam for Nurse Practitioners: Conducting the GYN Exam in a Nutshell

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ýThis is an extraordinarily down-to-earth and useful rapid review guide for both novice and experienced cliniciansÍMost of all, this book is a gold mine for clinicians committed to delivering the best possible care to women with a wide range of characteristics and challenges.ţ

From the Foreword by

Joellen W. Hawkins, RN, WHNP-BC, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Boston College, Connell School of Nursing
Writer-in-Residence, Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences

This step-by-step guide to the key points of conducting the GYN exam addresses everything a nurse practitioner needs to know, from basic procedures through high-level challenges.

The concise and accessible guide discusses strategies to decrease patient anxiety, minimize discomfort, and navigate such challenging scenarios as working with virginal women, premenarchal girls, elderly women, and sexually abused women. It includes difficult-to-find information on how to locate key organs in obese women and how to handle patients who have undergone female genital mutilation. This handy guide also covers diagnostic skills and includes the Fast Facts in a Nutshell summary feature.

Key Features:

  • Provides a comprehensive, accessible, step-by-step review of conducting the GYN exam for novice and seasoned NPs
  • Covers diagnostic procedures including vaginal microscopy, how to obtain a vaginal and anal Pap smear, as well as samples for testing for STIs, and much more
  • Provides tips on how to examine special populations, including overweight, anxious, multiparous, pediatric, menopausal, and elderly patients, with skill and confidence


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About the author (2012)

R. "Mimi" Clarke Secor, MS, MEd, RN, FNP-C, FAANP, is a Family NP specializing in women's health in Upton, MA and Visiting Scholar at Boston College School of Nursing. She is a national speaker and consultant to AP Clinicians, and President Emerita and Sr. Advisor for Nurse Practitioner Associates of Continuing Education (NPACE). Ms. Secor is a founding and current board member of the American College of Clinicians. Her 30 years of clinical experience have included emergency care, college health, private practice, prison nursing and rural clinic nursing. Before working for seven years at Bethel Family Clinic, in Bethel, Alaska, she operated an independent Boston area NP practice for 12 years. She is on the editorial board of Clinician Review, 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.

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