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What Is a Womens Health Nurse Practitioner and How to Become One

Womens Health Nurse Practitioner

What Does a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Do?

As a Women’s Health Nurse or Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP), your responsibilities and duties include providing services to women of all ages. You provide education and treatment for female-specific health concerns like prenatal care, gynecological care, STD treatment, female birth control, and menopause in private practice or hospital. You may work as a nurse-midwife helping pregnant women throughout maternity and delivery. Regardless of your area of focus, you need advanced training and certification in the nursing field, including completion of a nurse practitioner program, to meet your state’s requirements for licensure as a WHNP.

What Certification Does a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Need?

To become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP), you must complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing or a nursing school program, and pass the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). Most Nurses work as an RN for a few years to gain experience before applying to a nurse practitioner program. Upon graduation from an NP program, you must complete whatever examinations and requirements are mandated by your state to receive an NP license. Additionally, you can seek certification as a WHNP from one of several credentialing agencies, such as the National Certification Corporation (NCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.