Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 4-28-2020



Examining Committee Member

Dr. Tonia Mailow, DNP, RN, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Jessica Naber, PhD, RN, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Jennifer Rogers, MSN, FNP-BC, RN, Committee Member


The healthcare field is constantly evolving, and consequently the ways that medical procedures are done is always changing. Advancements in medicine have made it possible to screen for chromosomal abnormalities earlier and for the screening to be done more accurately than ever before. This is accomplished through a first trimester screening performed between 11- 13 weeks gestation of the pregnancy. With this screening becoming more integrated into routine prenatal care and being offered to various women with a range of risk factors, it is important to offer many educational opportunities about the screening procedure. Provision of education to patients interested in undergoing the procedure allows for the upholding of informed consent and ensures that patients are actively participating and making decisions about the care they will be receiving. Before patients can legally consent to any procedure, it is important they understand all aspects, such as the steps entailed in the screenings, risks and benefits, and how the results are interpreted. Providing education provides patients with an opportunity to understand what the outcomes will mean to them, related to their own values and goals. Information that participants obtain will be internalized and will later be of value whenever making reproductive decisions that are best suited for themselves.