Nurse practitioners in gynecology provide women's services and often work under a doctor, but usually perform their duties independently, which revolve around gynecology services such as exams and treatments. These nurse practitioners may also help women keep up with birth control needs via IUD insertions or other types of birth control injections or pills. Often, nurse practitioners in gynecology also have obstetric duties, which focus on the monitoring and delivering of babies, or colonoscopy services.
The work of a nurse practitioner is often carried out at a private practice, clinic, or hospital. Schedules may need to be flexible and some evening/weekend or on-call duties may be required. Hours may be long, but nurse practitioners are generally required to work only a few days per week and patients may be seen either for routine services or urgent care assistance.
This job often requires strong problem-solving skills in order to diagnose patients when symptoms are present. Strong teamwork skills are also important; though much of the work is done independently, collaboration between providers is often necessary to administer services to patients. To become a nurse practitioner, a four-year degree in nursing is required, after which a master’s degree program is also required along with current and valid licensing as a nurse practitioner.
Gynecology Nurse Practitioner (NP) Tasks
Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
Administer therapeutic procedures.
Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.