Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Jennifer Harris

Second Advisor

Ashleigh Heter

Third Advisor

Alicia Mason


The present study investigated the effects of introducing an educational intervention to enhance the knowledge of family and obstetric providers in the rural area on the benefits of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive (LARCs) use in teens. Teen pregnancy is associated with many different health risks including eclampsia, endometritis, and systemic infections. These mothers are also at risk of poverty, lower education levels, reduced employment, and dependence on government assistance programs. Apart from their lack of knowledge on the different types of contraceptives available, many teens do not take their oral contraceptives appropriately. LARCs can include IUDs or implants that prevent unwanted pregnancy up to 20 times better than pills, patches, or vaginal rings. However, it has been found that the majority (97%) of female teenagers aged 15-19 who had sexual intercourse used condoms followed by 65% of them using the withdrawal method and 53% using a pill form of birth control and only 20% of these females had ever used LARCs. This quasi-experimental research project was posted to a social media website for providers who are currently providing care to teens in a family or obstetric practice. This post contained an educational intervention followed by a posttest that generated data through the Qualtrics website. The data collected was then evaluated to assess whether there was an increase in the providers knowledge of the most recent research on the benefits of LARC use in teens after education on this topic was provided.

Included in

Nursing Commons