Woman Health Nurse Practitioner
Over the past decade the nursing field has experienced a growth in demand. Hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and or other health providers have increasingly scouted to employ the best nurses. This growth has also pushed for nurses to seek upgrading their careers status; they do so by choosing a specialty. Specialties vary to include from pediatrics to adult health. The specialty I chose to discuss is women’s health nurse practitioner.
There is an educational process involve to be able to become a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP). First, a registered nurse (RN) must earn a master’s degree from an accredited college. The interested RN must enroll in a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for a nurse practitioner specializing in Woman’s Health. University Programs prepare nurse practitioners to become proficiently in their specialty. These candidates take about 50 courses that include advance practice nursing in the primary care of the woman and women’s health issues. They must also complete clinical hours to further prepare them for their specialty. Upon completion of the course, work, and clinical hours, a candidate must attain a women’s health practitioner certification through the National Certification Corporation. As noted, RN’s seeking a specialty on WHNP must complete the course work before being able to practice.
Women’s health nurse practitioners graduates make up only five percent of the general nurse practitioner population, with family nurse practitioner (FNP) toping charts with 52 percent. In 2009 to 2011 WHNPs earn an average of $85 to $91 thousand dollars in their annual salaries. The experienced WHNP will earn more income than a rookie, due to knowledge and hands on experience. WHNP base pay also depends on their site of practice. WHNP can practice in adult/internal medicine practices, woman’s health clinics, and home health/assisted living/nursing homes. Typically WHNP’s employed in...
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