WHNP vs FNP - page 3

by MelRN13

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I'm applying at University of Cincinnati and had planned on taking the Women's Health NP path...but I don't know if I'm having pre application jitters, second thoughts, or a stroke! I would like to focus on pregnancy and disease... Read More


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    I am currently in just a MSN program online at Benedictine University. Decided not go the NP route at this time. Enjoy my classes so far -2 yr program.
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    Hello! I've posted this same question in other threads and NEVER get an answer. PLEASE help if u can I am wondering what the market is for whnp is florida. I've only seen about 4 job postings in the entire state. Women's health is ALL I wanna do. I believe the FNP option is outta the question for me as I do not enjoy any other area in nursing. I know this bc I've experienced it. If it becomes impossible to get a job in women's health my plan is to work as staff rn in Mother/baby unit and teach at a university until I find a women's health position. Is this a feasible pan? What are you opinions and thoughts?Would LOVE to hear from whnp in florida!
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    I have a (mostly uneducated) hunch that if you want to do women's health internationally (doctors without borders or similar) FNP or midwife might open more doors as it is a more "standard" degree. Why don't you call up the type of organization you'd like to work for (planned parenthood?) and ask?
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    Thank you so much for your idea. I will do just that!
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    Quote from Le-Lee_FNP
    Women's health is covered in FNP education. I imagine that it isn't covered as in depth as it would be in a WHNP program, however it is covered to the point where a FNP could comfortably enter into practice and care for women's health issues (pregnancy, birth control, STDs, etc.) We do complete an entire women's health rotation in which we learn to complete pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams, etc.). so to answer your question I really wouldn't see the need for a FNP to go back and complete an additional cert as a WHNP.
    I can tell you why...Most OB-GYN offices will not hire an FNP, because WHNP's are trained in prenatal care up to the actual birth. If the training were the same then the program would take 1/2 as long...that is pretty much the difference between a WHNP and a CNM...the CNM actually will do the delivery, while the WHNP will not.

    I would say that as far as the component of women's health, the FNP is NOT equivalent to an WHNP.
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    Quote from Jory

    I can tell you why...Most OB-GYN offices will not hire an FNP, because WHNP's are trained in prenatal care up to the actual birth. If the training were the same then the program would take 1/2 as long...that is pretty much the difference between a WHNP and a CNM...the CNM actually will do the delivery, while the WHNP will not.

    I would say that as far as the component of women's health, the FNP is NOT equivalent to an WHNP.
    I know several FNPs that work in WH and are quite successful. FNPs receive a sufficient amount of WH and prenatal training, while not the equivalent of a WHNP, FNPs can offer much to a WH practice.
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    Quote from BostonFNP

    I know several FNPs that work in WH and are quite successful. FNPs receive a sufficient amount of WH and prenatal training, while not the equivalent of a WHNP, FNPs can offer much to a WH practice.

    This is probably equal to the family doc who thinks he is the best choice to do a delivery.

    I cringe at the family doc who comes in for deliveries. Yes, he has some training but nothing compared to the OB.

    Same thing for WHNP and FNP. Sure he FNP has some training but it isn't to the level of the WHNP. I personally wouldn't see an FNP for my gyn care. The specialty exists and I would insist on a WHNP or a gyn.

    The practices around here only have WHNPs and not FNPs.


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