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Sexual Health and Sexual Rights

The latest article featured from the current issue of ANS is titled “A Review and Critique of Advances in Nursing Science Articles That Focus on Sexual Health and Sexual Rights: A Call to Leadership and Policy Development” by Lynn Rew, EdD; Whitney Thurman, MSN and Kari McDonald, MSN.  The article is available at no cost while it is featured, so we invite you to get your copy, read it, and return here to add your ideas to a discussion of this important issue!  Here is a message the authors prepared for ANS blog readers:

This paper was developed out of a course that Kari and Whitney were taking. It was their first research practicum course in the PhD program at The University of Texas at Austin. They were both fulfilling lab hours on Dr. Rew’s project. Dr. Rew regularly reads Advances in Nursing Science (ANS) and was aware that it was nearly time for their next “critique and replication” issue.  An upcoming issue was going to be on replication and critique of articles that had previously been published in ANS. So what we wanted to do was to look through the entire history of this particular journal to see what had been written about sexual health and sexual rights. That was our starting point.

 So, we decided that we would do a modified systematic review of the literature and the modification was that we were going to use just ANS to search for articles on these topics. It took a lot of revisions and hard work but it was a fun process to go through and refine the search terms. We discovered various ways that sexuality had been addressed among our sample of articles, but not necessarily sexual health or sexual rights. We also discovered the impact of policy as well as theoretical perspectives and frameworks that were used or not used. One of our surprising findings was that nursing theory wasn’t addressed very much at all. This surprised us because we thought that out of all nursing journals, Advances in Nursing Science would have something about nursing theory and sexuality. So, when we wrote in the paper that we wanted to encourage other authors to write about these topics, we really meant it. Our discovery and recommendation were based on actual data. Although the finding surprised us, it was also somewhat exciting to discover that there is a larger realm of work that still needs to be done to address the gap on this topic, especially for new nurse researchers.

This is an example of one way that PhD students can gain experience in publishing their ideas and aid in building their Curriculum Vitae. We were fortunate that all three of us were interested in the topic and in the “expected” outcome. We hope to encourage many other investigators, students and faculty alike, to explore the phenomena of sexual health and sexual rights. In the pictures, from left to right, are Kari, Lynn, and Whitney.

From the Author: Lynn Rew

It is a pleasure to introduce Lynn Rew, lead author on one of my Edtitor’s Picks for the current issue.  I suspect that most ANS readers have had some connection to the experience of adolescence, either personally or professionally!  The current “Editor’s Pick” article by Lynn Rew and her colleagues Diane Tyler, Nina Fredland and Dana Hannah reports a research study that sheds light on changes that occur during this highly-charged experience.  Their research provides significant evidence that can guide nursing practice, research and theory development.  Their article is titled “Adolescents’ Concerns as They Transition Through High School”, and while it is featured you can download it for free from the ANS Web site!

Here is a message from Dr. Rew about her experiences of working with adolescents, and some background on the experience of conducting this study:

Not everyone shares my enthusiasm for studying adolescents. Having been an adolescent and parenting two adolescents, I am always curious about how they  change so rapidly and adapt (or not) to these changes. I want to know what adolescents are thinking and doing and why. I began with a longitudinal study of pre-adolescents (4-6thgraders) and found that, for the most part, they engaged in health and safety behaviors; however, when they made the transitions from grade school to middle school and then to high school, many of these behaviors were replaced with what I called health-risk behaviors.

Data for this article came from a longitudinal study of over 1200 adolescents who reside in rural areas in central Texas. For the analysis, I assembled a team that included two family nurse practitioners and a pediatric nurse practitioner.  We met often to determine how we would analyze the written responses of these kids to the prompt, “My main concern is . . .” This writing experience was fun and exciting, not only because we enjoyed reading and interpreting these responses, but also we began to recognize strengths and talents in each other that we hadn’t known before.

Faculty often complain that there is never enough time to write, but when you have a team of nurses who are willing to learn, not only from analyzing the data, but also from each other, writing becomes a joy! I was blessed to be part of such a team.

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