Date of Graduation

Fall 12-12-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions



First Advisor

Brian Budds, JD, RN

Second Advisor

Karen Van Leuven, PhD, FNP

Third Advisor

Delfina Clinch, MD


Often resulting from inconsistent contraceptive use, unintended pregnancy among young women between ages 18-24 continues to be an issue in the United States. Long-acting reversible contraceptives, including intrauterine contraceptives and the subdermal contraceptive implant, are safe, effective, long-acting, easily reversible, and non-user dependent contraceptive methods, yet currently are greatly underutilized. Most of the contraceptive methods are provided at our student health services except for the highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods. As family nurse practitioners and health care providers, it is essential to integrate this service into primary care-focused college student health clinics by providing evidence-based information to clinical providers and clients to address the misconceptions regarding long-acting reversible contraceptive methods use. The purpose of this project is to propose the addition of the highly effective long-acting reversible contraceptive methods to improve health care services at the Student Health and Counseling Services of California State University East Bay.