The enhancement of continuing professional development for healthcare workers working in specialist areas of healthcare continues to be an imperative towards enhancing the quality of Uganda healthcare delivery system. Registered Nurses and Midwives in fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) settings provide education, counselling, support, and direct nursing care to patients seeking assistance with conception. Thus, Nurses comprise a large and integral part of the fertility and ART medical team, yet no standardized course of study is available to train new nurses or further the education of experienced nurses in the field.

This course is designed for nurses and midwives who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills to support best practice in fertility nursing by providing in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge about all aspects of ART including pre-treatment evaluation, diagnostic tests, treatment options, oocyte recovery, embryo transfer and skills in patient counselling.

 

By the end of the professional training program, participant should be able to:

1.      Describe female and male reproductive anatomy and physiology, with emphasis on the hormonal and functional changes involved in gamete production, fertilization, and implantation.

2.      Identify the pharmacologic agents used in hormonal and infertility treatment of females and males and explain their mechanisms of action.

3.      Select the appropriate pharmacotherapy protocols for ovulation induction and controlled ovarian stimulation cycles based on patient response.

4.      Discuss assisted reproductive technologies, including IVF and embryo transfer, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, sperm preparation techniques, and embryo cryopreservation, as well as indications and protocols for these procedures.

5.      Describe the components of patient education and counselling, issues related to multiple gestation, and management of early pregnancy loss.

6.      Define third party reproduction and identify appropriate screening, informed consent and counselling, compensation and cycle synchronization for gamete and embryo donation and surrogacy.

7.      Describe the principles of bioethics, and discuss ethical dilemmas, legal issues, and religious traditions as they apply to infertility treatment.

 

Course Contents

  1. Lectures
    • Female and Male Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
    • Genetics
    • Causes of Female and male Infertility
    • Female and Male Infertility Workup and Testing
    • Female and Male Infertility Pharmacotherapy
    • ART Treatments and Procedures
    • Management of Poor Responders
    • Prevention and management of OHSS (Ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome)
    • Management of Early Pregnancy
    • Stress management for couples undergoing ART
    • Counselling infertile patients for various ART procedures
    • Gamete and Embryo Donation and Gestational Carrier Use
    • Psychological Issues and Counselling of Third Party Reproduction
    • Ethical and Legal Issues in Infertility Treatment
  2. Practical: Laboratory and Nursing Processes s
  • Introduction to Lab Procedures
  • Equipment and apparatus
  • Supplies and Reagents
  • Autoclave and Tray Setup
  • Video/ Multimedia presentation of critical clinical characteristics of setting up of an ideal IVF laboratory, follicular study, ovum pick up, oocyte stripping, assisted hatching, oocyte – zygote and embryo scoring, extended culture and embryo transfer.
  • Preparation of the operating room for all cases and scheduled procedures.
  • Principles of aseptic techniques in performing surgical scrub, setting instruments, gowning, gloving as needed for procedure.
  • Observer-ship in an actual clinical set up.
    • Ova stimulation
    • Ovum Pickup Observation
    • Embryo scoring and transfer
  • Documents patient care services by charting in patient and department records
  • Operative planning, implementation and maintaining standards in patient care

Mode of Delivery

The course consists of

  • Interactive discussion and didactic lectures
  • Live observation and demonstration of training skill sessions.
  • Hands-on laboratory training sessions

Trainee Evaluations

Each Trainee shall be tested at the end of the training for:

  1. Knowledge/Theoretical Component (30%): Multiple choice questions on lab techniques linked to each course module
  2. Practical Skills (50%): Tested on specific lab techniques taught during the training
  3. Verbal Communication & Comprehension Skills/Integrative Component (20%)

Candidates who meet the training requirements and successfully complete the course work will be awarded the Graduate Training Certificate

 

Who Should Attend

This educational activity is designed for registered nurses or midwife interested in reproductive endocrinology and infertility who meet the following criteria: hold a current, active nursing license in Uganda or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country, and have a minimum of 1000 hours of experience as a registered professional nurse. 

 

Application Process

Applications will be treated on two-step process. Please complete the online application form and upload your CV and personal statement. After the application closing, the CPD committee will decide with respect to qualifications and level of experience judged by the committee, according to the brief description of professional background provided by the applicant.  All applications will be evaluated and qualified candidates will be admitted to the course. Only selected participants will be able to make the make payments to confirm attendance.

Key dates

§  Application open: to be announced

§  Deadline for submissions of applications: to be announced

§  Deadline for confirmations of selected participants: to be announced

Course Fees and Payment Details

Course Fees

The course is fee $400. The fee includes course admission fee, all the educational material for the course, skills laboratory, coffee-breaks and certificate of attendance.

Payment Details

§  The course fee must be paid immediately upon confirmation of attendance.

§  The payment can be processed either by credit card payment through the registration system or by bank transfer or by cash on site.

§  If the fee is not received by the due date, the position will be offered to the next suitable applicant.

§  The reservation can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.