health includes a wide range of specialties and focus areas, such as: Birth
control, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and Gynecology, Breast cancer,
ovarian cancer, and other female cancers, Mammography, Menopause and hormone
women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP) is a nurse practitioner that specializes in
continuing and comprehensive healthcare for women across the lifespan with
emphasis on conditions unique to women from menarche
through the remainder of their life cycle.
deliver a range of acute, chronic, and preventive healthcare services:
Obtaining a relevant health history, including
a comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic
history, with emphasis on gender-based differences.
Performing a complete, system, or
symptom-directed physical examinations on women, including obstetric and gynecologic
conditions/needs that include, pregnancy, benign and malignant gynecologic
conditions, contraception, sexually transmitted infections,
menopause and other gender-specific illnesses.
Assessing, diagnosing, and treating for
maternal and fetal well-being, high-risk pregnancies, depression, and pregnancy/postpartum
Assessing, diagnosing, and treating disease
risk factors specific to women.
Distinguishing female gender differences in
presentation and progression of health problems and responses to
pharmacological agents and other therapies.
Assessing social and physical environmental
health risks, including teratogens, that impact child bearing.
Assessing for evidence of intimate partner violence,
abuse, and substance abuse.
Assessing, diagnosing, and treating issues
related to sexuality.
Assessing parental behavior and skills and
promotes smooth transition to role changes.
Assessing, diagnosing, and treating selected reproductive health needs or problems
in male partners, such as sexually transmitted infections, contraception,
risks and refers, as needed, for testing and counseling.
Collaborating with other health care providers
for management or referral of high-risk pregnancies.
Performing primary care procedures, including pap
smears, microscopy, post-coital tests, intrauterine device (IUD) insertion,
and endometrial biopsies.
Providing management and education for women
and men in need of family planning and fertility control.