Case Study for Classroom – Emergency Contraception with IUD at a College Health Clinic

Submitter Information

Author: Kathleen Mullen, MSN, MA, RN
Title: Professor
Institution: Ocean County College

Competency Category(s)
Evidence-Based Practice, Informatics, Patient-Centered Care

Learner Level(s)
Pre-Licensure ADN/Diploma, Pre-Licensure BSN

Learner Setting(s)

Strategy Type
Case Studies

Learning Objectives

Patient Centered Care

Integrate understanding of multiple dimensions of patient-centered care (K). Elicit patient values, preferences and expressed needs as part of clinical interview, implementation of care plan, and evaluation of care (S). Value seeing health care situations “through patients’ eyes” (A).

Describe strategies to empower patients in all aspects of the health care process (K). Assess level of patient’s decisional conflict and provide access to resources (S). Respect patient preferences for degree of active engagement in care process (A).

Evidence Based Practice

Describe reliable sources for locating evidence reports and clinical practice guidelines (K). Locate evidence reports related to clinical practice topics and guidelines (S). Appreciate the importance of regularly reading relevant professional journals (A).


Describe examples of how technology and information management are related to the quality and safety of patient care (K). Use high quality electronic sources of healthcare information (S). Value nurses’ involvement in design, selection, implementation, and evaluation of information technologies to support patient care (A).

Strategy Overview

This unfolding case study was developed as a
group learning activity on contraception in a
Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family course.
Students were expected to prepare for class by reading the contraception
content in the assigned textbook prior to class.  Previous courses in the program addressed sexually
transmitted infections, and Behavioral Health.
As the case study progresses students identify the current standard of
care, develop nursing diagnoses, plan interventions, and locate resources

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Evaluation Description

The case study group activity was evaluated through informal student feedback during and after the activity, and NCLEX alternate format style questions on a unit examination.  Though students expressed a preference for traditional lecture rather than a group activity, mastery of the content by a majority of students was evident on the unit examination.