Capacity Building of Nurses on Sexuality and Sexual Reproductive Health Issues (CaNs)

An quasi experimental study to determine the impact of capacity building of nurses on sexuality, sexual and reproductive health using life skills approach on their personal and professional perceptions and competencies. Twelve institutions were contacted based on selection criteria of whom 8 gave official permission for the conduct of the study - 1 government, 4 minority, 3 privately managed were selected purposively. Two to four faculty from each of these institutions went through a 3 day orientation training. Institutions were randomly allocated to intervention group and control group. The intervention group and control groups consisted of 7 batches (4 degree and 3 diploma) of first year nursing student (389 and 467 in all respectively). The intervention group were given a 3-day orientation with relevant handouts and worksheets, followed by visit once a month for the first three months and then once every four months. Questions were obtained through a question box between sessions or during visits. The control group were given 1-day orientation with limited handouts and follow up visit once every 4 months.  Baseline and endline information on knowledge, attitude and self-assessed competencies will be assessed. Focus group discussion will be done to ascertain benefits and feasibility of the program. Real case studies will be collected to determine challenges faced by students and success stories.