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Sally Haslett Senior nurse, Family Planning/Reproductive health services, West Lambeth community care NHS trust. She is now active in speaking and writing on topics relating to women's health

This article reviews how nurses can help women overcome the physical and emotional problems associated with this surgical procedure. It relates to UKCC professional development categories: Care enhancement and Patient, client, family and colleague support

Aims and intended learning outcomes The aim of this article is to explore the nurse’s role in relation to the needs of women undergoing hysterectomy.

After reading the article, the nurse will have gained knowledge and understanding of the care of women in relation to:

Reasons for hysterectomy and the possible options

Routes by which hysterectomy is performed and types of hysterectomy that can be offered

Specific pre- and post-operative nursing care

Uses of hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Advice about convalescence and recovery

The woman’s emotional needs.

Nursing Standard. 10, 38, 49-55. doi: 10.7748/ns.10.38.49.s57

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