A Handbook for Nursing Professionals

A Handbook for Nursing Professionals


Dr. Karen Rayne and Caleb Gustin are in the final stages of copy editing this manual, which we at UN|HUSHED are very excited to be publishing.


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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 more than 15 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.

We offer training on this manual to support nurses as they expand their understanding of how education fits into clinical models.

We offer training on this manual in various locations across the United States. We will soon have more details available regarding our May 2020 training in Nebraska on our training page. Or you can email us at info@unhushed.org to bring us in to your orgainzation today.