Step by Step Guide to Leading an Abortion Care Education Project
Step 1 – Identify student leaders
- Usually the leaders of the NSFC chapter at your school. 2-3 student leaders seems to be an efficient way to spread out the work and make it doable for busy students.
- Want it to be interprofessional? Contact Medical Students for Choice or Law Students for Reproductive Justice chapter at your school!
- Faculty advisor: Identify a faculty member who can help you find speakers, reserve rooms, and communicate with the school administration re: attendance and for-credit courses.
- Leadership roles: Assign tasks
- I.e. room reservations, attendance, contact for guest speakers, papaya workshop coordinator, etc.
Step 2 – Timeline
- When are you going to hold the elective? What days/times will work for the students? How much time do you need to prepare?
Step 3 – Consider your format
- Do you want this to be a regular, in person class? Do you want it to be an evening discussion group? What works best for your schedules? Do you want it to be “for-credit” or simply a non-credit elective?
- Some schools are willing to offer the elective “for credit”, i.e. students who officially register for the elective will receive credit on their transcript. If your school is unwilling, or you choose not to go that route, you can give students an official “Certificate of Completion” that can be provided by Nursing Students for Choice.
- To request this template, contact: email@example.com. Students can then put the elective on their resume, which can be an incentive for attendance.
Step 4 – Curriculum/Speakers
- Check out the Syllabus to structure this part of the elective. This can be a very fun part of designing an elective! Think about faculty, local NPs/CNMs in practice, non-profit leaders, policy folks, adoption agency reps, MDs, RNs, social workers, etc… who can come speak to your elective. They need to be asked well in advance and given all of the logistical information to arrive on time, set up audio/visual, and know their audience.
- If you cannot find an appropriate speaker for a particular session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with your faculty advisor.
- If you cannot find a speaker, there is always the option of online content. This is slightly more work on your part, since you would essentially be leading the session, but the content for all of the elective sessions is available online. Please see the “Curricular Resources” page for online resources. This is not an ideal way to present the information, as it isn’t as interactive, but it is a good way to get the information out to students who don’t live in an area saturated with available speakers.
- Papaya MVA Workshop:
- Leaders: Ideally, you will find a faculty member or clinician who can lead this workshop. If not (or if they need a little tutorial), please see the embedded links in the Suggested Syllabus for the online Papaya workshop.
- Supplies: NSFC can send you the supplies for this workshop, although we ask that you first request them from a local Planned Parenthood or Family Planning Fellowship program. Papayas will need to be purchased in your area, and NSFC can reimburse you for this expense.
- Many supplies can be provided by the ParaGard representatives/Teva Pharmaceuticals. Please see the “IUD/Papaya Workshop” description for the list of necessary supplies and how to contact Teva Pharmaceuticals.
- IUD Workshop:
- Leaders: Teva/ParaGard representatives are happy to come lead these workshops on your campus. Alternatively, you can recruit a faculty member or clinician to lead it, and just get the supplies from Teva/ParaGard. Please set this workshop date early, so they have ample time to send you supplies.
- Ideally, this workshop should be scheduled closely with the Papaya workshop so the supplies can be used for both. One full elective session is usually ample time to lead both workshops.
Step 5 – Make room reservations
- Contact your nursing student affairs office (or a similar administrative office) to figure out the process of reserving a room on a regular basis.
Step 6 – Advertise
- Print the flyer template, fill in with the details of your elective, and post around campus. Send out an email announcement on the nursing, medical, and other professional student listservs. Talk to various OB/GYN interest groups, NSFC/MSFC students, or just let the students self select.
Step 7 – Evaluation
- This is an extremely important part of the national movement to move sexual and reproductive health into nursing and APC curriculums. When you decide to lead an elective, you will be sent online evaluation links for your students to complete. You will receive a giftcard for adequate student participation! Please follow the instructions as given, as the information will be used for nationally disseminated presentations and papers.
Questions? Please contact email@example.com
University of California, San Francisco Example
- Student leaders: (Nursing Masters student Year 1) and (Medical student Year 2)
- Interprofessional: Yes, sponsored by NSFC and MSFC
- Leadership roles:
- Nursing student leader: contacting ½ of the guest speakers and A/V equipment setup for each speaker. Created syllabus and recruited at UCSF NSFC chapter and within the nursing student body.
- Medical student leader: contacting ½ of the guest speakers, attendance, and room reservations. Recruited student participants from MSFC chapter and medical student body.
- Timeline: Spring Quarter (January – March, 2013). Wednesdays from 12-1PM. 10 weeks, 10 class sessions plus 1 movie night.
- Format: Optionally for credit. Students could audit if they wished. To receive credit, they had to formally register and attend at least 8 of the 11 sessions. No homework. All sessions were led by guest lecturers. Most lecturers brought powerpoints, although some conducted a papaya workshop or held group discussions and panels.
Use the template below to help organize your ACE Project
- Room reservations:
- Attendance (optional):
- Recruiting guest lecturers:
- A/V setup:
- Communication with administration re: for credit option (optional):