Responsibilities of a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
Depending on the location of practice the level of independence for a nurse practitioner may vary greatly. Often times the nurse practitioner will work completely independently of a physician. Sometimes nurse practitioners are required to work in collaboration with a physician. The role, duties, medical treatments, and pharmacological abilities of the nurse practitioner depend on the state of licensure.
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner responsibilities may include:
- Diagnosing, treating, and helping female patients manage acute and chronic illnesses
- Conducting physical examinations and interpreting medical history
- Ordering and performing diagnostic tests and procedures
- Prescribing age specific physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Prescribing pharmacologic treatments (depends on state regulation)
- Providing prenatal care, family planning services, and screening services
- Primary and specialty care services for women
- Performing minor surgeries and procedures
- Counseling and educating patients about preventive measures to avoid illness
A Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner provides treatment and diagnosis for health problems that are more common in women such as osteoarthritis, migraines, and depression. People drawn to this specialty understand the unique needs of women and desire to form long-lasting relationships with patients. Women’s health nurse practitioners can work in hospitals, private practices, government organizations, community health organizations, hospices, and other health care systems.