This manual provides nursing professionals, from emergency to family practice nurses, with the tools to combat problematic, inaccurate, and harmful sexuality information that comes from families, classrooms, peers, partners, and the media. It supports nurses as they consider their own biases, history, and knowledge base, and affirms that sexuality education is an integral piece to the nursing profession. The manual is organized into four sections. The first provides guidance on self-analysis for nursing professionals themselves. Understanding their personal perspective before they bring sexuality education into the clinical space is critical. The second section provides a broad overview on numerous topics related to sexuality that patients bring into the clinical setting. These include anatomy, physiology, sexual arousal, reproduction, communication styles, intimate partner violence, masturbation, and more. The third section includes 25 handouts nurses can copy and use with patients along with guides and recommendations on how to use them. The final section is an extensive list of resources, organized by topic and annotated with a brief description of what content they cover.
This handbook is essential for public/community health nurses. It’s comprehensive without being overwhelming, easy to read, and user-friendly. In professional and clear language, the authors answer questions I didn’t even know I had.
— Yolanda Grandjean, DNP, RN
If you have ever wanted to explain the difference between fadoodling and gobbledegoo, this is the book for you. Rayne and Gustin have put together an exceptional new book about sexuality and so much more. Although tailored for the nursing profession, this handbook is applicable to people in many different fields. They have written a guide containing comprehensive definitions and terminology explanations, as well as a wealth of suggestions regarding conversations during patient interactions. Perhaps most importantly, Rayne and Gustin have hit upon a beautifully inclusive framework for discussing gender and sexual orientation. This is an excellent handbook for students, new nurses, and experienced practitioners.
— Christy Tashjian NP, CPM