Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

MARZO 2015 N° 2 Volumen 18

The role of nurses in Assisted Reproduction: the emotional dimension

Section: Featured Articles

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Sibón Sancho GM. Papel de las enfermeras en reproducción asistida: dimensión emocional. Metas Enferm mar 2015; 18(2): 60-67.


Guillermo Manuel Sibón Sancho


Enfermero. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

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C/ Pacífico, 8. 28260 Galapagar (Madrid).

Contact email: g.sibon92@gmail.com


Objective: to review and update the role performed by nurses in the setting of Human Assisted Reproduction from a psycho-social perspective.
Method: a narrative review through bibliographic search in the following databases: PubMed, Cuiden, Red SciELO, Cochrane Plus and Cinahl, with free and controlled language (MeSH terms), using boolean operators, and truncation in some cases. The search was limited to articles published between 2004 and 2014. Ten articles were selected in total, based on the established inclusion and exclusion criteria.
Results: five categories were identified for review: emotional support, educational activities and training, continuity of care, nurse-patient relationship, and team work. Nurses conduct a multiple role, providing holistic care to those women and couples who receive Assisted Reproduction Techniques (ARTs), which represents a significantly difficult process in the emotional setting.
Conclusions: nurses appear as indispensable professionals in the Assisted Reproduction Units (ARUs), in order to provide high quality healthcare. It is necessary to implement the latest advances in clinical practice, to encourage the use of nursing methodology, and to promote research work within this subject.


Assisted Reproductive Techniques; emotional support; health education; continuity of careAssisted Human Reproduction

Versión en Español


Papel de las enfermeras en reproducción asistida: dimensión emocional