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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

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Maureen Gehlenborg, M.S. ’13, (center) and Cynthia Tefft, M.S. ’82, examine Jennifer Caldwell at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.

Why choose Women’s Health?

The role of the women’s health nurse practitioner emerged to meet the specific needs of women over their lifespans and to increase their access to care. Women’s health NPs encourage women to recognize and articulate their individual health concerns and to actively direct their own health care. This specialty offers singular rewards to aspiring NPs who are interested in reproductive and sexual health, pregnancy care, aging, and helping women thrive in their various roles.

What is the NP’s role in this specialty?

Women's health nurse practitioners provide comprehensive care to women and sexual/reproductive health care to men. They offer support for women’s reproductive, gynecologic, and general health across the lifespan, from menarche through senescence. At the Connell School, these NPs are trained to take a holistic approach to health care, recognizing and understanding how psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual factors may influence a woman’s overall health.

Where do Women’s Health NPs work?

Women’s health NPs work in private practice, community health centers, hospitals, managed care settings, schools, and universities. They may work in a variety of clinical specialties including OB/GYN, primary care, college health, fertility care, breast or GYN oncology, and urogynecology. Among other fields, Connell School graduates are prepared to participate in research or publishing, serve as case managers, and educate patients, groups, communities, and other health care professionals.

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