Monica McLemore, Ph.D, MPH, RN (UCSF)
Assistant professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department, an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco
At the University of California, San Francisco, Monica McLemore is an assistant professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department, an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. She maintains clinical practice as a staff nurse at San Francisco General Hospital in the Women’s Options Center. McLemore’s research is geared toward understanding women’s health and wellness across the lifespan. “My work embraces complex and intersectional problems associated with sexual and reproductive health, including health disparities, stigma, incarceration, unintended pregnancy, and difficulty accessing services,” McLemore says.
- “Calculus Formation: Nurses’ Decision-Making in Abortion-Related Care” (with Susan Cool and Amy J. Levi). Research in Nursing and Health 38 (2015): 222-231 .
- Discusses the basis of a grounded theory that shows nurses use many facets of decision-making when determining their participation in abortion care provision. Presents this decision-making process calculus formation and describes its components.
- “Evaluation of the East Bay Community Birth Support Project, a Community-Based Program to Decrease Recidivism in Previously Incarcerated Women” (with Darcy Stanley, Nicole Sata, and Julia Chinyere Oparah). Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing 44, no. 6 (2015): 743-750.
- Analyses how the East Bay Community Birth Support Project provides entry into the health professions for previously incarcerated women and enhances access to culturally appropriate doula support for low-income communities. Argues that program participants experienced an increase in empowerment, improved assessment of skills, and confidence in perceived ability to provide doula support.
- “Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Expert Nurses in Abortion Care Provision” (with Amy J. Levi and E. Angel James). Contraception 91, no. 6 (2015): 474-479.
- Finds several factors that contribute to successful nurse recruitment, retention, and career development in abortion care provision. Argues that all areas were significantly influenced by engagement in leadership activities and professional society membership.
- “Radical or Routine? Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Physicians Assistants as Abortion Providers” (with Lori Freedman, Molly Frances Battistelli , and Caitlin Gerdts). Reproductive Health Matters 23, no. 45 (2015): 90-92.
- Presents the argument that allowing advanced practice clinicians to perform early aspiration abortion was not a radical act, but routine for well trained clinicians and consistent with the skills they already possess in caring for women.
- “Women Know Best—Findings from a Thematic Analysis of 5,214 Surveys of Abortion Care Experience” (with Sheila Desai, Lori Freedman, Evelyn Angel James, and Diana Taylor). Women’s Health Issues 24, no. 6 (2014): 594-599.
- Reports patients’ experiences of their abortion care and provides individual and institutional factors that can improve those experiences.
- “Nurses and Care of Women Seeking Abortions, 1971-2010” (with Amy J. Levi). Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Neonatal Nursing 40, no. 6 (2011): 672-677.
- Argues that this review of the literature succinctly summarizes the role of nurses in the care of women seeking abortions and identifies gaps in the published literature where future investigation should occur.