AAN News & Opinion
- Recently, reports were released by the National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women's Health, and the Institute of Medicine suggesting women's health research agendas. These reports stimulated commentary from the American Academy of Nursing's Women's Health Expert Panel. This commentary identified the need for an expanded research agenda for women's health that was published in Nursing Outlook (Shaver, Olshansky, & Woods, 2013). The following call to action highlights the most critical areas that were not included in these reports.
- Care of and access to health care for women across the age span has always been at the forefront of nursing’s advocacy through education, practice, and research. One well-recognized method to improve the health status of women and children lies in managing unintended pregnancies; however, evidence shows that little progress has been made on this front. Threatening to roll back what little progress has been made, as well as the potential to achieve better management of unintended pregnancies, contemporary health policy fails to consistently ensure access to high-quality reproductive health care for all women in the United States.