CNM vs Womens health NP

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    i posted this question in a different section but that was before i found this thread. It seems like this is a better place for my question. What is the difference between a womens health NP and a CNM?? I know i want to do something with OB but the destinctions between the two are starting to confuse me.
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    VERY close in scope, but different programs of study. If you want to deliver babies and provide care of women during pregnancy specifically, you really would likely best go into CNM study. Their focus is on women's health, as is that of the WHNP, but more focused on childbearing/breastfeeding as well. WHNP provide well-woman care, as CNM's do, but their focus is mostly in the office environment, not in the labor/delivery situation. To further explain/define their roles, I have linked you with a couple of articles courtesy of Medline. Please note, there are people who hold BOTH certifications.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/002000.htm

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/001934.htm

    Their scopes definately overlap, and they do a lot of the same things, primarily when it comes to women's health. Like I said, however, if your goal is to care for the childbirthing family before, during and after delivery, then you really would want to choose to study to be a midwife.

    HTH!
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    What about Clinical Nurse Specialists? Does the role of the CNS usually involve teaching medical staff or hands on pt. care. I have heard mixed information in regards to the role of a CNS.
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    The CNS is very involved with staff education and development. But I worked with one who also did a LOT of hands-on care as well.
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    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    VERY close in scope, but different programs of study. If you want to deliver babies and provide care of women during pregnancy specifically, you really would likely best go into CNM study. Their focus is on women's health, as is that of the WHNP, but more focused on childbearing/breastfeeding as well. WHNP provide well-woman care, as CNM's do, but their focus is mostly in the office environment, not in the labor/delivery situation. To further explain/define their roles, I have linked you with a couple of articles courtesy of Medline. Please note, there are people who hold BOTH certifications.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/002000.htm

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/001934.htm

    Their scopes definately overlap, and they do a lot of the same things, primarily when it comes to women's health. Like I said, however, if your goal is to care for the childbirthing family before, during and after delivery, then you really would want to choose to study to be a midwife.

    HTH!

    Thank you! that helps a lot.
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    I asked the same question at www.clinicians.com and the reply was

    "womens health nurse practitioner. most work in ob clinics or planned parenthood type settings doing routine pap smears, etc. different then a cnm(certified nurse midwife) who spends most of their time doing prenatal care and delivering babies in hospitals or birthing centers.
    can't help with the salary but my uneducated guess would be 50-70k/yr"
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    Hi, I was wondering did the CNM u worked with was she in a hospital or office? b/e I am having a hard time founding jobs for CNM, (any advice on jobs location).


    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    The CNS is very involved with staff education and development. But I worked with one who also did a LOT of hands-on care as well.
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    Quote from foxyhill21
    Hi, I was wondering did the CNM u worked with was she in a hospital or office? b/e I am having a hard time founding jobs for CNM, (any advice on jobs location).
    I am in southern California and haven't worked with any CNMs yet. However, I have just interviewed (and hopefully will get!!!) for a job at Kaiser and they use CNMs from routine pregnancies and deliveries and I often see openings for them--they pay well and have great benefits. I am returning to achool to get my BSN and then move on to either WHNP or CNM. I haven't decided yet, either, but I am hoping that working with them will help me decide.

    I want to travel in the future after the kids are up and gone and it is easier to do international travel as a CNM. Not much call for L&D nurses in English speaking countries. I figure I could still travel in the US as a L&D RN as a CNM. Like to keep my options open!
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    Thanks for the reply. I am currently in the BSN program and I don;t know if I want to go for CNM or WHNP either. But nice to found someone in the same boat.
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    Quote from foxyhill21
    Thanks for the reply. I am currently in the BSN program and I don;t know if I want to go for CNM or WHNP either. But nice to found someone in the same boat.

    Well, you'll have to practice for a year or two to get into a good program for either and that should help you a bit. I've done L&D for two years and it will be another 2 before I finish the BSN so I guess I will know by then!

    Good Luck!


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