Karen R. Crowley, DNP, APRN-BC, WHNP, ANP, CNE
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Online Graduate NursingView Full Bioof Karen R. Crowley, DNP, APRN-BC, WHNP, ANP, CNE
Jessica Abernathy, DNP, WHNP, CNM
WHNP Program Director and Assistant ProfessorView Full Bioof Jessica Abernathy, DNP, WHNP, CNM
Women’s Health Nurse Practice by the Numbers
$80,969 The average salary for women’s health nurse practitioners in the U.S., according to Payscale.com (2016)
4.9% The percentage of nurse practitioners in the U.S. who are WHNPs, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2015)
7.7 million The number of women who gained health coverage in 2013 through the Affordable Care Act ( U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)
Why choose Regis for your Master of Science in Nursing?
Reputation for Academic Excellence
The online MSN is a virtual extension of our highly regarded on-campus program, one of the largest nurse practitioner programs in Massachusetts. Our MSN is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, and the National League for Nursing has recognized the Regis School of Nursing, Science & Health Professions as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.
We’re here to support you. With several degrees of student support, no GRE requirements, and a flexible learning environment, we’re breaking down the barriers that often prevent bright minds from reaching their full potential in advanced practice. Our inclusive approach to leadership starts with our three entry points:
- Associate Degree in Nursing to MSN
- Associate Degree in Nursing with a Non-Nursing Bachelor’s to MSN
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing to MSN
At Regis, we work directly with active nursing professionals. That means we have an insider’s perspective on the leadership qualities the field demands, and we design our courses to build those skills. While other schools eliminate women’s health concentrations, we’re taking our WHNP specialization to the virtual classroom to help expand nursing expertise and leadership with this population. With our MSN, you can develop important leadership qualities, such as:
Professional and interpersonal communication
Dedication to Social Justice
Our commitment to social justice and lifelong learning isn’t summed up in one lecture; it’s woven into each course. Our MSN with a WHNP specialty is designed to help you promote lasting change in the medical field by providing women and their children the care and knowledge they need to lead healthy lifestyles and make informed health choices.
What can you do with an MSN WHNP degree?
In 2014, there were approximately 162 million women in the U.S., and each of these women requires specialized health services to lead a healthy life. As a women’s health nurse practitioner, you can help provide the services and counseling that women need to achieve that goal. With our online WHNP-focused MSN, you can develop the skills to undertake a variety of duties, including:
Delivering primary care to women
Providing family planning assistance and counseling
Conducting wellness examinations, such as PAP smears, mammograms, and sexual health screenings
Interpreting medical histories
Delivering prenatal care through supplements and monitoring
Diagnosing acute illnesses and develop treatment plans
Women’s health tackles a broad spectrum of issues and illnesses that affect the female population. To narrow your focus even further, you can specialize beyond general women’s health upon graduation. Your options for increased specialization include:
Women’s primary care
Childbirth and delivery issues
Puberty and menopause
Antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum issues
Where can I work as a women’s health nurse practitioner?
Like all nurse practitioners, WHNPs are in high demand due to an influx of newly insured patients, our rapidly aging population, and higher standards in primary care. Women’s health nurse practitioners are also needed worldwide to help prevent illnesses that affect women at a higher rate, such as breast cancer and the Zika virus. This means that WHNPs can apply their skills in a variety of work settings, including:
Family planning clinics
Women’s health clinics
Meet Our Faculty
As a leader in education, Regis is dedicated to offering programs with a holistic view of health care that are designed for the future of the field. Through cutting-edge coursework, industry-active faculty members, and an array of majors and graduate programs, Regis has been able to positively impact the educational community, health care landscape, and personal lives of students nationwide.
“In recent years, Regis has become a powerhouse in professional and graduate education in nursing and health sciences. As a result, our university has become increasingly visible locally, nationally, and internationally.”
President Dr. Antoinette Hays, RN, Ph.D.
When you choose Regis, you join a closely-knit community with big university benefits. As a Regis student, you have the opportunity to build a solid health care foundation, lasting professional connections, and the specialized expertise you need to expand your skills and perspective. Prepare to enter in-demand fields such as nursing and health administration confidently with an education of the highest standard.
Let’s move forward
Wherever you are in your career and wherever you want to be, look to Regis for a direct path. Fill out our form to learn more about our program options or to get started on your advanced health care degree today.