Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Ashleigh Heter

Second Advisor

Kristi Frisbee

Third Advisor

Anuradha Ghosh


Reducing unintended pregnancies continues to be an important health initiative in the United States. National rates have demonstrated a slow decline, yet the CDC estimates rates remain near fifty percent, with rural women facing higher unintended pregnancy rates than their urban counterparts. Research demonstrates following evidence-based practice recommendations regarding family planning improves contraceptive adherence and helps women achieve desired pregnancy spacing.

This mixed methods research design evaluates provider family planning knowledge levels prior to introduction of an educational video and PDF file, and following the educational tools. Results of the study showed a majority of providers were aware of CDC recommendations screening for a reproductive life plan and contraceptive need. Though, many providers are not screening women for their reproductive life plan or unmet contraceptive needs. Results also indicated providers knowledge improved following delivery of educational material. Providers also reported intent to increase reproductive life plan screening and align practice methods with CDC recommendations.