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Acute care nurses, Cardiac nurses, Myocardial infarction, Sexual counseling



  1. Steinke, Elaine E. PhD, RN, CNS-BC, FAHA
  2. Barnason, Susan PhD, APRN-CNS, CEN, CCRN, FAHA
  3. Mosack, Victoria PhD, RN
  4. Wright, David W. PhD


It is largely unknown if changes in the practice of sexual counseling of myocardial infarction (MI) patients by cardiac nurses have occurred over time. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine changes in the practice of MI-specific sexual counseling by cardiac nurses, comparing the years 1994 and 2009. Based on these results, suggestions for sexual counseling of MI patients are provided.