Fast Facts about the Gynecologic Exam for Nurse Practitioners

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Fast Facts about the Gynecologic Exam for Nurse Practitioners

SKU# 9780826107800

Conducting the GYN Exam in a Nutshell

Author: R. Mimi Secor DNP, FNP-BC, NCMP, FAANP, Heidi C. Fantasia PhD, RN, WHNP-BC


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"This is an extraordinarily down-to-earth and useful rapid review guide for both novice and experienced cliniciansÖMost 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."

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

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 27, 2012
  • Page Count 188
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826107800
  • EISBN 9780826107817

Online Supplements 

To learn more about co-author Mimi Secor, MS, RN, CS, FNP, visit her website or her page on ReachMD, a healthcare communications and education network that helps professionals keep up-to-date on current topics and connect with their peers.

Also check out Mimi Secor's YouTube channel for videos on important women's healthcare topics.

Table of Contents 


Part I: Introduction to the Gynecologic Exam


    1 Conducting the Interview and Taking a Gynecologic and Sexual History
    2. Abdominal Exam
    3. Vulvar Exam
    4. The Speculum Exam
    5. The Bimanual Exam
    6. The Rectal Exam

Part II: Approach to Examining Special Populations


    7. Specific “Challenges”
    8. Examining the Patient With Anxiety, History of Sexual Abuse, or Vaginismus
    9. Examining Virginal Women and Premenarchal Children
    10. Techniques Useful When Examining Overweight, Multiparous, or Physically Challenged Women
    11. Special Considerations When Examining the Menopausal and Elder Woman
    12. Care of the Woman Who Has Experienced Female Genital Mutilation

Part III: In-Office Diagnostic Testing

    13. Performing In-Office Diagnostic Tests


    A. Common Pelvic Examination Problems and Interventions
    B. Vaginal Microscopy Flow Sheet
    C. Vaginal Microscopy: Flow Sheet Instructions
    D. Vulvar Care Guidelines for Patient Education