Training in Abortion Care (TAC) Program

Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health’s Training in Abortion Care (TAC) Program aims to address the need for more full-spectrum clinical training opportunities for registered nurses within the scope of practice in their given region. TAC pairs highly motivated registered nurses with clinical partners that provide full-spectrum sexual and reproductive healthcare for hands-on learning of procedures, particularly abortion care. In addition to clinical training, learners will also receive interprofessional programming to support their development as advocates for reproductive rights and justice. 

TAC’s first cohort will be established in honor of Helen Pearl Lay Watson, a registered nurse and pro-choice supporter who practiced for 54 years mainly in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. Helen’s granddaughters Julie Watson and Katie Watson are honoring her legacy by supporting the development of a Fellowship program that will allow NSRH to provide nurses with more opportunities for clinical education within the scope of practice in their given region. For this first TAC cycle, only RNs licensed to practice in the states of Kentucky and/or Tennessee are eligible.

Click here to learn more about Helen Pearl Lay Watson

Clinical Training

The hands-on clinical scope of the trainee is determined by the nursing scope of practice as defined by state law where the training takes place. Clinical training topics may include: 

  • Access and referral; 
  • Patient assessment; 
  • Options counseling; 
  • Preparation and intraprocedural care; 
  • Post-abortion care; and 
  • Maintenance of patient confidentiality. 

NSRH encourages a minimum of 80 hours of hands-on clinical time, however we do not guarantee the time available at any given clinical site. Trainees will be responsible for scheduling clinical hours with their host sites, understanding that all clinical hours must be completed within 6 months. Host sites will provide medical malpractice and liability coverage for trainees that are approved and placed in their clinics by NSRH. 

NSRH is not a health center or clinical site and does not provide any direct patient care. NSRH works with a network of providers to coordinate and provide training opportunities to trainees. Some clinic training sites may have specific requirements for trainees for eligibility. These specific requirements will be communicated to applicants during the application process by NSRH. Please note that this is not an employment program and participants will not be paid any compensation by the training sites.

Education, Networking, and Justice

TAC will build on social and reproductive justice principles in order to strengthen and build knowledge, leadership skills, and leverage the power of nurses. In addition to the clinical experience, program participants will also receive:

  • One-year membership to NSRH, including access to online learning modules
  • One year membership to Clinicians in Abortion Care (CIAC), a program of NAF, including access to online learning modules
  • Media & Advocacy training
  • Regular engaging workshops and discussions focused on abortion access, racial justice, and social equity in healthcare delivery with fellow nurse leaders and social justice professionals

In order to provide the most accessible training experience, NSRH will provide trainees with a modest one-time stipend to offset any costs associated with participating in the training program. 

How to Apply

Applications for the inaugural TAC Fellowship are open. Please download this application guide for helpful information.

Click here to apply
Application deadline: November 13, 2020
Applicants will be notified in late December 2020.
Program timeline: January 2021 - June 2021

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical placement timelines will vary depending on the capacity and safety protocols of the individual and clinic.

Questions about TAC? Check out our FAQs or email [email protected]