MARQUETTE – Kerri Durnell Schuiling, associate dean of nursing education at Northern Michigan University, recently co-authored her first book titled Women’s Gynecologic Health.

          The 744-page textbook is based on the most up-to-date research and provides comprehensive coverage of women’s gynecologic health care, addressing health promotion, maintenance and treatment.  Jones and Bartlett Publishers encouraged Schuiling to write the text, and published the book upon its completion.

          “I have many years of clinical experience as an advanced practice nurse, and for a number of years I was the academic director of a graduate program for advanced practice nurses,” Schuiling said. “During this time I taught a women’s health course, and I was frustrated by the inability to find a suitable gynecology book. Many of the books available were written from a biomedical perspective.  In my opinion, they did not provide sufficient information about the normalcy of women’s reproductive physiology.   Some took a cookbook approach to addressing women’s health, and others contained information that pathologized normal physiologic processes that women undergo as they age.”  

          Schuiling said the goal she shared with co-author Frances E. Likis was to produce a book that emphasized the importance of respecting normalcy of female physiology, and provided medical content appropriate for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of pathology.

          The target audience for Schuiling’s book includes students, practicing clinicians, advanced practice nurses, physicians and others who provide health care to women. She said the University of Michigan, University of Utah, and University of Kentucky have already adopted the book in their advance practice nursing curricula.

          When asked about the writing process Schuiling replied “It is right up there with giving birth; one of the most difficult and most rewarding things I’ve ever done.”

          Women’s Gynecologic Health is available in the Olson library and in various bookstores.

Prepared By
Becky Kratz