SUMMARY POINTS

SKILL

 

  • Continue building your knowledge about all aspects of reproductive health care—including clinical care, new evidence, and patient advocacy.
  • Attain clinical experience during professional training, when your credentialing and malpractice are generally covered by interagency agreements.
  • Take advantage of additional abortion training and mentorship opportunities to increase your success with future provision.

 

SAFETY

 

  • Build relationships and consult often with other reproductive health providers.
  • Know when to refer for medical conditions that preclude outpatient care.
  • Make arrangements for hospital back up that you may occasionally need.

 

ROLE

 

  • Value your impact as a provider of pregnancy options counseling, evidence-based contraceptive information, services or timely referrals, and handling of follow-up issues to the patients you serve.
  • Use established local and national networks to build a collaborative community, find answers to medical and administrative questions, and learn best practices.
  • Overcome commonly reported barriers, including lack of authority to implement services, liability coverage, and staff resistance, by building relationships with key stakeholders and involving staff early in the process.
  • Be patient and persistent as the process of integrating care may take time.

 

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