Training in Abortion Care Residency

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's Training in Abortion Care is a part of that commitment. The TAC residency is the only clinical training opportunity for registered nurses in abortion care in the nation and plans to expand this opportunity to nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives in the coming cohorts.

TAC’s first cohort was 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 residency. For this first TAC cycle, only RNs licensed to practice in the states of Kentucky and/or Tennessee are eligible.


As the nation's only hands-on abortion training residency for nurses this program develops full-spectrum SRH nurses who are equipped to support comprehensive healthcare provision and access in their communities. We accomplish this through a combination of hands-on clinical experience, advocacy-building sessions, and self-paced education.

Clinical Experience

Learners will be paired with a local clinic that specializes in SRH, specifically abortion care.  The clinical experience will be hands-on learning where the nurse will be expected to assist in the daily routines of the clinic.  Each learner will complete a minimum of 80 hours of clinical experience over 6 months.

Group Learning

In addition to clinical experience, TAC educates learners on broader issues surrounding abortion care, SRH and Reproductive Justice.  Every month residents meet as a group with a content area expert to delve deeper in the abortion access landscape or a specific patient population that experiences unique barriers to patient-centered care.

Independent Study

Each monthly topic consists of a unique package of education to enhance the resident's ability to advocate and provide abortion care from an evidence-based lens. This is a combination of webinars, academic journals, and interactive modules that residents will complete self-paced on our Online Institute.


Applications for the inaugural TAC Residency are closed. Stay tuned to find out when we will launch our 2023 cohort!

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