The Nurses’ Professional Group (NPG) is composed of nurse members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Our purpose is to foster the Society’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 mission of our continuing education programs and certificate course is to provide lifelong educational opportunities for REI nurses based on identified needs that will lead to improvement of fertility nursing care. In addition to conveying emerging scientific knowledge to our nurses, we also improve the career satisfaction of nurses by providing them with educational opportunities that keep them abreast of the latest developments in ART.
At the NPG board meeting in Boston, the group wanted to better advertise the Nursing Center of Excellence to encourage practices to certify their nurses. The use of the symbol of excellence would indicate that at least 50 percent of a practices’ registered nurses and/or nurse practitioners are experienced in reproductive endocrinology nursing, and have completed additional training in this area through the ASRM eLearn® REI nursing certificate course. Practices who have met these criteria are eligible to receive and display the symbol of excellence on their websites and other marketing materials. Nurses play a key role in patient education and patient satisfaction. This emblem may assist patients in choosing a fertility center for care, as well as promote the importance of advanced continuing education for nurses.
Additionally, the board discussed ways to obtain funds for the NPG’s continued activities. Tamara Tobias, N.P., and previous chair, designed a brochure to be distributed to potential donors. In support of the NPG, the following donations were distinguished: Platinum, $10,000+; Gold, $5,000 - $9,999; Silver, $1,500 - $4,999; Bronze, $500-$1,499; and Friends of NPG, up to $500. The NPG Executive Board consists of many volunteers and committees. It is time for REI nurses to unite, get involved, continue their education, participate in research, and have a presence at the ASRM Annual Meetings. I welcome your new ideas to help improve the benefits offered to our members of the NPG.
Lastly, I ask that you please visit our NPG website and message board, http://www.npg-asrm.org/. Communicate with other REI nurses, post your questions, blog your ideas and update yourself and others on the latest technologies and trends in your practice today!
Jeanette Rodriguez Tomasino,
M.S., R.N.C., M.N.N.
- Double NPG membership
- Promote the nurse certificate course and Nursing Centers of Excellence
- Work with BlueGnome to create a new NPG course on genetics and/or embryology
- Gain funds via NPG donations request and donation campaign
- Plan interim meeting
- Call for ideas for roundtables, symposia, PG courses and interactive sessions
- Put together the next two years of programming to continue the tradition of excellence at ASRM 2014 and 2015