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CNM vs WHNP

  1. 0 I've tried to search the website to find the answer to this, but haven't had any luck.

    My questions is: What is the difference between a certified nurse midwife and a women's health nurse practioner (OB/GYN nurse practitioner)? I know that I want to become an NP specializing in women's health and prenatal care, but I'm not sure which route is better/more appropriate/more marketable.

    Thanks!
    Rachel
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  3. Visit  Dayray profile page
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    If you want to deliver babies and prenatal care then you want to be a CNM.

    WHNP provide well women exams and GYN reated outpatient services. CNM's can also do most of those things and can deliver babies.

    CNM =)
  4. Visit  sirI profile page
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    Quote from rachel921
    i've tried to search the website to find the answer to this, but haven't had any luck.

    my questions is: what is the difference between a certified nurse midwife and a women's health nurse practioner (ob/gyn nurse practitioner)? i know that i want to become an np specializing in women's health and prenatal care, but i'm not sure which route is better/more appropriate/more marketable.

    thanks!
    rachel
    hello and to allnurses.com

    try this link here at allnurses
    http://allnurses.com/forums/f35/ob-n...ce-121830.html

    much discussion regarding the ob np (which i am in addition to fnp) and the cnm.

    hopes this helps.
    Last edit by sirI on Nov 5, '05
  5. Visit  Rachel921 profile page
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    Great, thanks! That helps alot.

    So I read in the other thread that some WHNP's do deliver babies, in some states. Does anyone happen to know which ones?

    Thanks!
    Rachel
  6. Visit  sirI profile page
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    Quote from Rachel921
    Great, thanks! That helps alot.

    So I read in the other thread that some WHNP's do deliver babies, in some states. Does anyone happen to know which ones?

    Thanks!
    Rachel
    Hello, Rachel,

    I have staff privileges at a hospital here in my area (Arkansas) and deliver when taking ER call.
  7. Visit  HeartsOpenWide profile page
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    The school of my choice, once I get my BSN gets you both CNM and WHNP.
  8. Visit  gypsyatheart profile page
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    If you don't mind,what school are going to? I'm in Cali also, although, southern, not northern, but am planning on obtaining FNP/WHNP/CNM, one or the other....would love to have combined CNM/WHNP.
  9. Visit  alohanursejenn profile page
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    Univ of Utah offers a combined CNM/WHNP dual program or you can do CNM or WHNP. I decided to finish CNM and take boards and work because it takes 2 more semesters to finish WHNP and they will work with you and you can finish post masters WHNP.
    Many places want CNM, others want WHNP because some states CNM's are not as recognized.
    I know a few WHNP's who hold certificates and not Master's degrees.
    NCC will require a master's degree in 2007 to sit for WHNP boards. Those who are trained by certificate programs will have to get their master's if they are delinquent in renewing their license.
    CNM and WHNP are different degrees and you can hold both, but have to take 2 boards and obtain licenses for both in the state you work.
    I had not heard of any WHNP's doing deliveries until I read the comments on this board.
  10. Visit  midwife2b profile page
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    In my state only a CNM can offer delivery services.
    I have both a WHNP education and a CNM education. I REALLY missed L&D after I finished my WHNP but it took several years and a few bonks on the head before I figured out I'd get the best of both worlds as a CNM.

    I'm starting my new position in 10 days. Tomorrow is my last day of work as a L&D nurse. I KNOW i've finally figured out what I want to be when I grow up!
  11. Visit  tam06 profile page
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    can you help me get through this!I am tamara.
  12. Visit  FINDURPASSION profile page
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    A bit off the current topic...what is the job outlook like for CNMs?.. Are some states better than others?
  13. Visit  midwife2b profile page
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    The job market seems to vary week to week. For example, I am on a listserv and last month received notice of over a dozen job openings in my state. The ACNM website did not list any of these jobs. So the website is a good place to start, but is not the end-all-be-all.

    If you are contemplating midwifery, it may be a good idea to find a CNM where you want to live and get info from her/them.

    Another way to determine interest is to write physician practices and give them some information on how a nurse midwife might assist with their practice. One of my classmates did this and recieved a response from many OB and FP practices that never thought about adding a CNM to their practice.
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