Women make up over half of the population in the world today and the demand for medical professionals who can properly address and care for women-specific health issues is growing to meet the increase. Doctors, physicians and medical clinics are hiring more nurse practitioners in order to meet the needs of quality patient care. With an increase in research devoted to women’s health concerns, more qualified medical professionals are needed in order to treat patients with the latest interventions geared specifically to these issues. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners are filling this role and helping to increase the quality of life for women of all ages.
Most Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners provide primary women's health care, which includes pre-conception health care, prenatal and postpartum care, family planning services, management of sexually transmitted diseases, well-woman care, care during perimenopause and menopause, as well as care for women experiencing episodic acute or chronic conditions. With additional education and clinical experience, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners are also qualified to practice in a variety of subspecialty areas, such as infertility, cardiovascular health, oncology, geriatrics, endocrinology, urogynecology, bone health, and high-risk pregnancy, and to perform advanced technical procedures such as limited ultrasounds.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners are Nurse Practitioners who specialize in the care of the physical issues women are faced with each day. These specialists make an average salary of $65-80k annually and as the growing concern for conditions like breast and cervical cancer increase, as well as the number of women facing choices over hormone replacement, this career field is expected to grow.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners are able to work in hospital settings, as well as in clinics that specialize in women-centered care. Many WHNPs work with Certified Nurse Midwives or in birthing centers and 15% of WHNPs operate their own private medical practices. Geriatric women’s care is another area that will see an increase in the need for qualified medical professionals, especially as the Baby Boomer population ages over the next decade.
Careers in women’s health are still beginning to grow and find their own footing in the medical world, but with the focus on women’s health issues and the push for qualified and knowledgeable medical staff, the opportunities in the field are evolving. A WHNP is a valuable ally for any woman, giving her the opportunity to learn and make choices specific to her own physical needs. From contraception and family planning, to pregnancy, postpartum and menopausal care, a woman’s best information comes from a professional who can easily explain the options and care available. For those facing illnesses or major complications, a WHNP can not only provide the information needed, but be a caring and friendly face in times of need.