Advocate for Abortion Education
Sometimes people assume that nurses have been trained in all aspects of patient care. You might be surprised to know that many nursing schools in the United States and Canada DO NOT adequately teach contraception, options counseling, and abortion procedures in their curricula. If you would like to advocate for educational change please check out the resources listed below. One great option is to lead an Abortion Care Education (ACE) Project elective or workshop series on your campus.
Organizing an ACE Project elective on your campus does three main things:
- Change Nursing Curriculum: Holding an elective tells your faculty, and nursing education nationally, that we DEMAND sexual and reproductive health content in our formal curriculum.
- Student Activism and Networking: Student activism is alive and well, and student leaders often see many networking and job opportunities come from getting involved.
- Education and Training: You and your fellow students, and yourself, can access the education you need to become informed and competent providers of sexual and reproductive health nursing care.
So far, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Columbia, Rush University, University of New Mexico, University of California, San Francisco, and Oregon Health and Sciences University (pending) are all on board for hosting an ACE Project elective on their campus this year. Please contact email@example.com if you would like to organize an ACE Project elective or advocate for change on your campus this year! We’ll support you every step of the way.
A couple key points:
- The ACE Project is intended to be interprofessional. We highly encourage you to work with the Medical Students for Choice, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Planned Parenthood VOX, etc. chapter on your campus. We can put you in touch with these folks if you aren’t sure who to contact.
- NSFC can send you supplies, help with funding, and provide suggestions for elective and workshop speakers in your area.