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This study evaluated the effectiveness of a 2 day training course for a nursing intervention programme to promote maternal role attainment in pregnant Japanese women who have undergone assisted reproductive technology. Participants were 12 Japanese nurses with more than 3 years of clinical experience at reproductive institutions. The effectiveness of the training course was evaluated by assessing the following: (i) understanding of the nursing intervention programme; (ii) attitudes of nurses towards women who are pregnant following assisted reproductive technology; and (iii) self-efficacy for implementing the programme. The training course was effective in increasing basic understanding of the programme and in assisting self-evaluation of the attitudes of participants towards pregnant women. However, acquisition of effective interview skills and changes to make the programme clinically feasible are still needed. Findings suggest that researchers who use this training programme may need to evaluate and include training of nurses in interview skills suitable for their working environments.