Essential STD Exam Skills
This course is designed for clinicians new to caring for patients seeking STD-related care, and focuses on providing clinicians with knowledge and skills in conducting male and female STD exams. This includes taking a sexual history basic reproductive anatomy, and examination skills practice taught in both a didactic and hands-on format using live model patients.
This 2-day workshop focuses on essential communication skills and examination techniques used with patients at risk for STD. The didactic portion (Day 1) includes Sexual History Taking, Basic Male and Female Anatomy, Performance of the STD-Related Exam, Preparing the Exam Room, Review of Case Studies, Documentation, and Microscopy. During the practicum (Day 2), students observe a step-by-step exam on both male and female model patients, then have the opportunity to prepare the exam room and perform at least one full STD exam (including specimen collection) on both male and female model patients in the presence of a preceptor.
Course participants will learn how to:
√ Describe skills for effective patient/provider communication in order to complete a sexual history and risk assessment for STDs and related reproductive health problems.
√ List the equipment necessary to perform a routine STD examination.
√ Describe basic reproductive anatomy.
√ Identify specimen collection sites and list recommended laboratory tests.
√ Perform at least one male and one male and one female STD examination.
Continuing Nursing Education is available.
Continuing Nursing Education: A certificate for up to 13.2 contact hours will be awarded for completing all course activities, including performing STD exams and completing a pre/post self-assessment of clinical skills and an evaluation.
- Continuing Nursing Education at the University of Washington School of Nursing (UWCNE) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.