Issue within the field of reproductive health or gender
The paper is intended to allow students to explore a selected issue within the field of reproductive health or gender.
There are five topics that can be selected. (including the viability of preterm infant under 24wks, obesity & pregnancy, care provided by physician vs. midwives, LGBTTQ faced barriers & discrimination, and LGBTTQ access healthcare & attitudes of care professionals towards that community)
This paper should include a minimum of five current (within the last five years), peer-reviewed sources, not including required or suggested readings. Two of these citations MUST be research articles.
These articles can be qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods designs.
Systematic reviews, qualitative synthesis, narrative reviews, editorials, and/or critical analysis articles will NOT be considered as research articles.
The paper for this course is intended to allow students to explore a selected issue within the field of reproductive health or gender. For each topic, I have included scholarly work to introduce you to the state of the science in this area and to stimulate your thinking. You are welcome to reference this article in your paper however, it will not count as one of the required outside sources.
Topics for Paper: please select one of the following
1. For many decades, the limit of viability for a premature infant was believed to be approximately 24 weeks of gestation. Advances in medical technology have allowed for the possibility of resuscitating infants born at under 24 weeks gestation. This is a highly controversial topic with clear moral and ethical implications.
Zutlevics, T. (2009). Pursuing the golden mean-moral decision making for precarious newborns.The Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing, 27(1), 75.
2. Obesity is a world-wide epidemic, with approximately 30% of all adults being overweight or obese. This had led to a dramatic rise in women who become pregnant and have a high BMI. This has led to a new set of challenges in clinical care as care providers attempt to develop best practice techniques to meet the unique needs of the pregnant bariatric client. In addition to clinical issues there are also issues surrounding satisfaction with care, stigma from healthcare providers and post-partum challenges.
Bombak, A. E., McPhail, D., & Ward, P. (2016). Reproducing stigma: Interpreting “overweight” and “obese” women’s experiences of weight-based discrimination in reproductive healthcare. Social Science & Medicine, 166, 94-101. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.08.015
Gilmandyar, D., Zozzaro-Smith, P., & Thornburg, L. L. (2012). Complications and challenges in management of the obese expectant mother. Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 7(6), 585-593. doi:10.1586/eog.12.53
3. Women today have a number of choices for their healthcare provider during pregnancy and childbirth. Although most women choose a physician, a quickly growing number are electing to utilize midwifery care. There is much debate regarding the merits of care provided by these different service providers.
Rooks, J. (1999). The midwifery model of care. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 44(4), 370-374. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(99)00060-9
4. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning young people have the right to
safe and accepting environments, including homes, schools, and health care settings, and the right to live with dignity and without fear from stigma, discrimination and violence. Yet LGBTTQ youth face several barriers and often face more discrimination than older people.
Fisher, Celia B. (2014). Reducing health disparities and enhancing the responsible conduct of research involving LGBT youth. The Hastings Center Report, 44, S28.
5. One of the many significant challenges identified by the LGBTTQ community involves accessing fair and equitable healthcare. Attitudes of healthcare professionals towards members of this community play a significant role in impacting the quality of care and client satisfaction.
Pelletier, M., & Tschurtz, B. (2012). Meeting the health care needs of LGBT patients. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 27(2), 95-8. 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31824911ac
Format for paper
The paper must be written according to the format outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition. An excellent and reliable resource for APA can be found at:
The paper is to be between 6-8 pages in length double spaced. Page limit does not include the title page, any appendices or the reference list. This paper should include a minimum of five current (within the last five years), peer reviewed sources, not including required or suggested readings. Two of these citations must be research articles.
These articles can be qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods designs. Systematic reviews, qualitative synthesis, narrative reviews, editorials, and/or critical analysis articles will not be considered as research articles.
Elements of paper
The paper must include the following elements. Page numbers for each element are offered as a suggestion and are not firm requirements.
• Introduce the topic. Why is the topic important to nurses? Situate the topic within the nursing literature. Be sure to include a thesis statement that details the purpose of the paper. 1-1.5 pages
• Describe the two research studies. What is the study design, purpose and main findings? 2-3 pages (You must include a link to the 2 studies in your reference list).
• Describe one strength and one limitation of each study. 1 page.
• Describe how you would apply the findings from the research studies to your nursing
practice. 1-2 pages.
• Conclude your paper .5-1 page
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