Date of Award

Fall 1980

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




A teaching plan for women who have had a hysterectomy was developed in August 1980 based upon needs identified by patients and nurses at a large hospital in the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The nurses on the gynecology unit, in discussion with patients before and after their surgery, felt that women had many questions and concerns which could be addressed in a teaching plan. The teaching plan consisted of sic main areas of content: (1) anatomy, (2) pathology, (3) types of hysterectomy, (4) home care : recovery after a hysterectomy, (4) post-hysterectomy myths, and (6) physical examination. In conjunction with the plan, the patients were given a booklet titled, "A Guide to Understanding Hysterectomy and Related Surgeries" and a pamphlet titled, "How to Examine Your Breasts." A flip chart of the female reproductive system provided the visual aids. The teaching plan was presented by a group leader in a semi-structured informal group setting to allow for questions and exchange of needs and concerns by the women.



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