What is a Nurse Midwife Nurse Practitioner and what does one do?

 5525048817_c71637e08d_z A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a primary care provider that independently provides primary and specialty health care in their trained specialty.

There are many classifications of nurse practitioners, each with its own scope of practice, working environment and professional standards : Adult NP, Nurse Midwife NP, Family NP, Geriatric NP, Neonatal NP, Pediatric NP, Psychiatric/Mental Health NP, and Women’s Health Care NP.

Nurse Practitioners must have Masters level education within the specific scopes of practice for which they are licensed and go on to receive national board certification in that specialty.  A Nurse Midwife Nurse Practitioner must be board certified as a Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) prior to obtaining an Oregon state license.

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The Nurse Midwife Nurse Practitioner (NMNP), CNM  independently provides health care to women throughout the lifespan.

With a scope of practice that encompasses the lifecycle of women from adolescent through menopause, the NMNP, CNM has a depth of care that spans primary care, gynecology, contraception, fertility, family planning, peri- and post- menopause, sexuality, pregnancy & childbirth, the postpartum period, newborn wellness (through 28 days), breastfeeding support, counseling related to sexuality, relationship, and reproductive issues, and treating male patients for reproductive health issues and sexually transmitted diseases.

As independent women’s primary care providers, the NMNP, CNM provides initial and ongoing comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment through physical examinations. They prescribe medications including controlled substances and contraceptive methods; order and interpret laboratory and diagnostic tests and order the use of medical devices.

For more information on the specific skill-set of CNMs please see the article entitled Certified Nurse Midwives, the art of Being with Women.

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Oregon State Board of Nursing. 2013. Division 50. Nurse Practitioners. www.Oregon.gov Retrieved September 12, 2013