Women's Health

Women’s health nursing is a specialty focused on providing direct care to women throughout their lifespan. A profession in women’s health not only requires an understanding of the female anatomy and physiology, but also a broad knowledge of gender-focused health assessment, education, and interventions. These nurses provide well-woman care, family planning services, pre-conception, prenatal and antepartum/postpartum care, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, management of sexually transmitted diseases, mental health and eating disorders, and care during perimenopause and menopause. Advanced practice nurses in women’s health may also subspecialize in areas such as infertility, cardiovascular health, oncology, geriatrics, endocrinology, urogynecology, bone health, and high-risk pregnancy. Advanced practice nurses conduct history and physical exams; diagnose and administer treatments; prescribe medications; provide primary and specialty care; and play a vital role in patient education. Those who specialize in women’s health may work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, antepartum triage units, long-term care, primary care clinics/offices, community health centers, school and university clinics, health departments, and employee health settings.

In this Women’s Health Nursing Resource Center, we’ve put together resources to help you provide the best care to your patients. Our Nursing Pocket Cards are quick references and our Guideline Summaries provide need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your nursing career in women’s health.

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