What Does a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Do?
A Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who specializes in the comprehensive care of women throughout the lifespan, with an emphasis on reproductive and gynecological health. WHNPs provide a wide range of health services including wellness counseling, disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of conditions such as sexually transmitted infections, fertility issues, prenatal care, and menopause management.
These nurse practitioners are skilled in conducting physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, and performing certain procedures. They also provide counseling and education on sexual health, family planning, hormonal therapies, and healthy lifestyle choices.
WHNPs work in a variety of settings, such as private practices, hospitals, community health clinics, and specialty women’s health clinics. They often collaborate with physicians and other healthcare professionals to deliver holistic and patient-centered care.
Their advanced training and focus on women’s health enable them to serve as primary healthcare providers for women, offering personalized care that addresses the unique health needs and challenges women may face throughout their lives.