Some women choose to work in nursing homes because they want a career that is hands on and physical in nature. Other women feel more comfortable working in the medical field, perhaps because they have had some clinical training. However, whether you are a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a licensed practical nurse (LPN), you will be trained in the same set of skills. These nursing skills include patient care, providing medical care, infection control, and clinical nutrition as well as advanced practice nursing. The term midwife has somewhat unclear legal definitions but generally means that one who works with births; however, there are many different types of midwives. A registered nurse works under the supervision of a doctor or other healthcare provider and is trained to give medications and other medical care.
What Is the Difference Between a CNM and a LPN?
In the United States, certified nurse-midwives (CNM) are qualified practitioners who are specially trained to provide medical care to pregnant women, newborns, and other vulnerable individuals. They are not officially certified as physicians. Registered nurses (RNs) are nurses with a specific level of formal education. They are usually certified through an accredited school of nursing or by the American Nurses Association (ANA). Registered nurses are usually supervised by a physician or a nurse-midwife and are primarily responsible for patient care.
CNMs and Women’s Health NPs: When You Should Choose Which Profession Is Right for You
Many people think of CNMs as exclusively pregnant women’s practitioners, but anyone can be a CNP. Whether you are a pregnant woman or not, you can join the ranks of CNs as a LPN and become certified in nursing and midwifery. You can advance to certified nurse practitioner (CNP) status after earning a bachelor’s degree in medical sciences or a nursing/midwifery/family practice degree; you will be certified in both nursing and midwifery. As a CNP, your responsibilities will be very similar to those of a LPN. You will be under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare provider and will provide patient care. However, unlike a LPN, you will not be certified to provide medications.
What Does a CNP Do?
Like a LPN, a CNP works under the direction of a physician and is responsible for providing general and/or specific medical care to patients, as well as managing conditions that are secondary to pregnancy such as labor and delivery, breastfeeding, pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart conditions. CNP practice is similar to other specialties, including nursing, which can involve the use of advanced practice nursing techniques. Like other nurses, CNs work under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare provider. Typically, a CNP will start out as a clinical nurse and become eligible to become a physician’s assistant or another medical profession after completing an apprenticeship program.
The Importance of Education in Becoming a CNP
Like other fields of medicine, nursing requires significant education to be successful. To be a CNP, you will need to complete an accredited certification program that includes both a bachelor’s degree in nursing and at least one year of specialty certification. And just as with other health care careers, you will need to obtain additional certification to keep up with the evolving standards of practice. For example, in order to be registered as a physician’s assistant (PA) in the United States, you must complete an accredited training program that includes an intensive study of anatomy, physiology, and professional ethics as well as clinical skills. You will also need to pass state and federal licensing exams, as well as comply with continuing education requirements.
When Is a CNP Best Appropriate for You?
Like other health care careers, becoming a CNP requires a combination of dedication and luck. In order to be successful as a CNP, you will need both talent and luck. You will need talent in the form of strong reading and writing skills as well as the luck to be discovered during your education. Most notably, you will need to be lucky enough to find an accredited nursing program that offers a specialized certification exam. Additionally, you will need to make sure that the program offered at the nursing school you choose is accredited.
The choice between a CNM and a LPN is a difficult one, and each profession has its own specific set of skills and requirements. The key, as always, is to find a profession that is right for you and is appropriate for your needs. In particular, consider the level of responsibility and autonomy that you are willing to assume. Do you want to be in control of the patient’s health or do you prefer to be under the supervision of a physician or other healthcare provider? If the former, then a nurse practitioner may be more appropriate for you. On the other hand, if you prefer to work under the guidance of a physician or other healthcare provider, then a physician’s assistant may be best suited to your needs.