Women’s health nurse practitioners focus on treating the well women and provide care in various aspects of the field from physicals, infertility, surgery, gynecological and obstetrics care (Bernhard, 2003). In past years, there weren’t many job opportunities for Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, but as time has past and nurse practitioners have been more readily used more jobs have opened. On the other hand, I also have experience in oncology and have had several friends with skin cancer and other skin related ailments and have found the field very intriguing. Having a specialization in dermatology you can work in cosmetics, oncology, aesthetics and physicians’ offices doing routine office visits like the women’s health specialty. Both fields have various areas I can focus my experience on and provide opportunities for change as I get older. Women’s health currently relates more to my current professional background than dermatology, but the oncology aspect of the dermatology specialty interests me as I have background in that as well. Upon graduation, both specialties require a minimum of 3,000 practice hours in the specialty along with a master’s degree and certification (2019, February). The credentialing and license renewal process is the same as well requiring renewal every three years. The main difference I found is in the field of dermatology nurse practitioners don’t have as much autonomy and primarily always correspond with either an on-site and off-site physician (Chang et. El, 2010). Overall, my experience has been the primary deciding factor in choosing women’s health as my primary specialty upon graduation.
References Bernhard, L. A. (2003). Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Feminism, and Women’s Studies. Women’s Studies Quarterly , 31 (1/2), 76. Retrieved from - com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eue&AN=10586544&site=eds- live&scope=site Cheng, C., Kimball, A., & Cott, A. (2010, January). A Survey of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners: Work Setting ... Retrieved May 10, 2019, from urse_Practitioners__Work.4.aspx How Do You Become a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner? (2019, February). Retrieved May 10, 2019, from - practitioner Step 2: Justification of Nursing Specialty Use the space below to write a paragraph identifying and justifying your reasons for choosing your MSN specialization. Be sure to incorporate any feedback you received from colleagues in this week’s Discussion Forum. When I decided to return to school to complete my master’s degree, choosing a specialization involved copious amounts of research. Ultimately, I chose to enroll in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program where I could later specialize in various fields if I wanted to.