Training in Abortion Care (TAC) Program

In a time when abortion care is becoming increasingly less accessible, and attacks on the legal right to healthcare are seemingly never-ending, NSRH is doubling down on our commitment to creating a world where all people have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH). NSRH has created the Training in Abortion Care (TAC) Program as part of this commitment. The TAC program aims to address the need for more full-spectrum clinical training opportunities for registered nurses in their regio

n. We believe that through intentional support and participatory clinical experience within their scope of practice, we can build a more robust cadre of compassionate and informed nurses who will strengthen the advocacy environment and reproductive health access in their region. 

TAC pairs highly motivated registered nurses with clinical partners that provide sexual and reproductive healthcare for hands-on learning of procedures, particularly abortion care. In addition to clinical training, learners will also receive interprofessional programming to support their development as advocates for reproductive rights and justice. 

TAC’s first cohort will be established in honor of Helen Pearl Lay Watson, a registered nurse and pro-choice supporter who practiced for 54 years mainly in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. Helen’s granddaughters, Julie Watson and Katie Watson, are honoring her legacy by supporting the development of the TAC program. For this first TAC cycle, only RNs licensed to practice in the states of Kentucky and/or Tennessee are eligible.

Click here to learn more about Helen Pearl Lay Watson


Program Overview: 
TAC is a 6 month intensive fellowship program for registered nurses. Participants will engage in a combination of clinical training, self-guided study, and monthly group learning. 

Clinical Training
The hands-on clinical scope of the trainee is determined by the nursing scope of practice as defined by state law where the training takes place. Clinical training topics may include: 

  • Access and referral; 
  • Patient assessment; 
  • Options counseling; 
  • Preparation and intraprocedural care; 
  • Post-abortion care; and 
  • Maintenance of patient confidentiality. 

NSRH encourages a minimum of 80 hours of clinical time, however we do not guarantee the time available at any given clinical site. Trainees will be responsible for scheduling clinical hours with their host sites, understanding that all clinical hours must be completed within 6 months. Host sites will provide medical malpractice and liability coverage for trainees that are approved and placed in their clinics. 

NSRH is not a health center or clinical site and does not provide any direct patient care. NSRH works with a network of providers to coordinate and provide training opportunities to trainees. Some clinic training sites may have specific requirements for trainees for eligibility. These specific requirements will be communicated to applicants during the application process by NSRH. Please note that this is not an employment program and participants will not be paid or receive financial compensation of any kind by the training sites.


*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, clinical placement timelines will vary depending on the capacity and safety protocols of the individual and clinic.

Education, Networking, and Justice

TAC will build on social and reproductive justice principles in order to strengthen and build knowledge, leadership skills, and leverage the power of nurses. Each month, there will be a central topic with structured learning through both individual study and group meetings.

  • One-year membership to NSRH, including access to online learning modules
  • One year membership to Clinicians in Abortion Care (CIAC), a program of NAF, including access to online learning modules
  • Media & Advocacy training
  • Regular engaging workshops and discussions focused on abortion access, racial justice, and social equity in healthcare delivery with fellow nurse leaders and social justice professionals

In order to provide the most accessible training experience, NSRH will provide trainees with a modest one-time stipend to offset any costs associated with participating in the training program. 

How to Apply
Applications for the inaugural TAC Fellowship will open November 3rd 2021. Check back then for access to the application!

  • Application open: November 3rd 2021-Jan 17th 2022
  • Applicant Notification: January-February 2022 
  • Program timeline: March 2022 - September 2022


Questions about TAC? Check out our FAQs or email [email protected]