Women Health Nursing
Women's 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 therapy.
A 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. WHNPs 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, infertility, per \menopause/menopause/post menopause and other gender-specific illnesses. Assessing, diagnosing, and treating for maternal and fetal well-being, high-risk pregnancies, depression, and pregnancy/postpartum complications. 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, sexual 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, and infertility. Assessing genetic risks and refers, as needed, for testing and counseling.