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Supporting the couple with Conception Challenges

Payne, Rebecca Jean BSN, RN; Guinn, Cherry EdD, RN; Ponder, Barbara MS, RN, CNS, APNP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000399715.09209.15

Current literature indicates a lack of direction for NPs managing the psychosocial needs of couples who are having difficulty with conception but have not yet been diagnosed as infertile. A protocol is presented for NPs in the primary care setting to assist them in providing psychosocial support for these couples.

Rebecca J. Payne is a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, with a focus on family practice. Cherry Guinn has worked at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for more than 24 years. She currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Nursing. Barbara F. Ponder is a lecturer at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and was formerly an assistant professor at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wis.

The authors have disclosed they have no financial relationship related to this article.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.