I'm having trouble pinning down the details. Sorry if this is a remedial question, but what are the differences between the two? Do WHNP do deliveries? Can't CNM's do everything a WHNP could do and more? Are the education requirements(time wise) similar?
Okay- I just spent a couple hours hounding this down and think I have answered my own questions. chalk it up to being a newbie.
Last edit by SiennaGreen on Jan 15, '07
: Reason: found the answer
Jan 16, '07
Just in case you didn't find the answers....a CNM does Women's Health, but a WHNP does not do births/deliveries. Both are trained in obstetrics and gynecology, but a WHNP's education is probably stronger in gynecology and a CNM's training is probably stronger in obstetrics. Being a CNM is good because if you ever decide you want to just do women's health and skip the births (and malpractice) you can.
Jan 30, '07
Is there anything a WHNP can do that a CNM cannot?
Feb 8, '07
I'm wondering the same thing. I see how there are advantages to being a CNM in certain situations, but are there any advantages to being a WHNP in other situations? Are there job markets in which an employer would rather hire a WHNP than a CNM?
Also, about salaries: If a WHNP and a CNM are doing the same job (gyn care at Planned Parenthood, prenatal care at an OB's office, etc.), are they paid at the same rate? I would assume so, but I'd like to hear from someone who works in the field.
Mar 20, '07
It depends upon where you work. CNMs earn $80K and >, however malpractice is a greater concern because of the intrapartum responsibility.
If the job is the same (i.e., birth control for PP) I suspect the salary would be the same.
A CNM can do the WHNP tasks, the opposite is not true.
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