The Nurses’ Professional Group (NPG) was created to cultivate the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s goals within the practice of professional nursing. The NPG is committed to excellence in patient care, research, and the advancement of reproductive endocrine and infertility (REI) nursing. The NPG strives to provide lifelong educational opportunities for REI nurses by offering continuing education programs, such as the Nurse Certificate Course; to ultimately improve fertility nursing care; and keep nurses up-to-date on the latest developments in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART).
At the NPG board meeting in Honolulu, the board wanted to provide resources for advanced practitioners to communicate with one another. We will be developing a listserv and are hoping to have a luncheon at future ASRM meetings for advanced practitioners to network and learn from one another.
Additionally, the board also discussed creating a refresher for the Nurse Certificate Course so that it is updated every two years in keeping with the latest information and technology in the field of ART. The Nurse Certificate Course provides nurses with a plethora of valuable information; and there are now 18 fertility centers nationwide that have the Center of Excellence emblem. We are hoping to see that number continue to rise. It is important to remember that nurses play an important role in patient education and patient satisfaction. This Center of Excellence emblem may assist patients in choosing a fertility center for care, as well as promote the importance of advanced continuing education for nurses.
The NPG Executive Board consists of many volunteers and committees that work together to expand the opportunities for REI nurses. Now is the time for all REI nurses to get involved in this amazing group by coming together. NPG offers nurses the opportunity to further their education, participate in research, and have a presence at the ASRM Annual Meetings. We certainly welcome your new ideas to help improve the benefits offered to our NPG members.
Lastly, I encourage each of you to visit the NPG website and message board, http://www.npg-asrm.org/. This website will afford you the opportunity to network with other REI nurses, post your questions and ideas, and keep yourself and others abreast on the latest technologies and trends in REI practices.
Jamie S. Leonard, 2015 NPG Chair