Career Spotlight: Women's Health Nurse Practitioner + Job Opportunity

A career as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner promises to be rewarding.  After all, who knows you better than your OB/GYN?  A WHNP career offers relationships with and care for women of all ages throughout the various stages of their lives, from adolescence to old age.  Fortunately for NP's, the role of the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner is ever-expanding presenting new, specialized opportunities to NP's.

Where Do Women's Health Nurse Practitioners Work?

WHNP's treat women across the lifespan for a variety of female-related medical problems.  They may work in internal medicine practices, OB-GYN clinics, family planning clinics, prenatal clinics, infertility practices, women's prisons and more.  WHNP's provide care for everything from family planning to prenatal management and menopause.  Some specialized clinics offer WHNP's opportunities in adolescent health, breast health and infertility.  Women's Health Nurse Practitioners have the unique opportunity to care for their patients during pivotal life changes creating a rewarding, fulfilling career.  

Susan Kendig, WHNP and co-owner of a women's health practice says "My journey as a women's health nurse practitioner has led me to opportunities I could have never imagined when I began nursing school over 25 years ago".  She has enjoyed an abundant career noting "Fulfillment, challenge and variety are only part of this remarkable journey".

How Do I Become Prepared as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner?

To become a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, you must complete a WHNP program.  Currently, you can acheive this with a Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN).  In 2015 you may need a DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice) degree to become a WHNP.   So, if you are planning to become a nurse practitioner start now.  Coursework and hands-on clinical work throughout your NP program will prepare you for your new career. 

How Much Do Women's Health Nurse Practitioners Make?

The WHNP salary is consistent with the average salary for nurse practitioners overall in the U.S. at $90,000.  Depending on experience and location, you may earn a little more or less.

I'm Looking for a Job as a WHNP.  What Opportunities are Available?

Glad you asked!  Right now, there is an excellent Women's Health Job Opportunity in Atlanta, Georgia.  A large Women's Health practice near Northside Hospital is seeking a WHNP to join their team.  To quality for this position, you must have 2 or more years of recent NP experience.  Both Women's Health and Family Practice experience will be considered.  This position offers excellent benefits including compensation for health, dental and life insurance, 401K with 3% match after one year of employment and CME and professional membership reimbursement.

Does this opportunity sound right for you?  Contact Leigh Cosby at  For more opportunities, check out the MidlevelU Job Board.

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