The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health was founded in 1980. Its mission is to ensure the provision of quality primary and specialty health care to women of all ages by women’s health nurse practitioners and other women’s health-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). NPWH seeks to improve women’s access to primary and specialty health care, increase women’s wellness and health outcomes, decrease health disparities affecting women, enhance women’s access to and knowledge of health resources, and protect and promote women’s rights to make choices regarding their health within the context of their personal belief systems.

NPWH serves APRNs nationally and internationally by providing education and resources to increase clinical competencies, advocating healthcare policies that support women and APRNs, collaborating with interprofessional strategic partners, mentoring the next generation of women’s health NPs and other women’s health-focused APRN leaders, and fostering evidence-based practice in women’s health through research.

This collection houses NPWH position statements, policy papers, and other NPWH authored documents. The goal is to support the mission of NPWH by sharing women’s health resources for best practice and evidence-based care to improve women’s health.

Learn more about NPWH: www.npwh.org

Recent Submissions

  • NPWH position statement: Prepregnancy genetic carrier screening 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (Healthcom Media, 2020-06)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health advocates for equitable access to informed, voluntary prepregnancy genetic carrier screening for individuals/couples who desire information about potential ...
  • NPWH position statement: Systemic racism and implicit bias in women's healthcare 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) is committed to addressing structural racism and implicit bias in meaningful ways that will improve women’s healthcare and reduce health disparities. ...
  • NPWH position statement: Marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) advocates for a nonjudgmental and evidence-based approach to screening and counseling women concerning marijuana use during pregnancy and lactation. ...
  • NPWH position statement: Eliminating preventable maternal deaths 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports coordinated and collaborative efforts at federal, state, local, and professional organization levels to eliminate preventable maternal deaths. ...
  • NPWH position statement: Expanding access to hormonal contraception 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) affirms the right of each individual or couple who desire to use contraception to be able to do so. Barriers to obtaining and successfully using ...
  • NPWH Position Statement: Brain Health is Women's Health 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports collaborative action to establish brain health as a crucial aspect of women’s healthcare. A comprehensive approach includes promoting brain ...
  • NPWH Position Statement: Male Sexual and Reproductive Health: The Role of WHNPs 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health affirms the right of all individuals to quality, evidence-based sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care that is non-judgmental, respectful, and culturally ...
  • NPWH Position Statement: Men with Breast Conditions: The Role of the WHNP Specializing in Breast Care 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) affirms the role of the women’s health nurse practitioner (WHNP), as a member of a multidisciplinary breast care specialty team, in providing specialized ...
  • NPWH Position Statement on Cervical Cancer Screening 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (2018-05-08)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports a concerted effort to continue to improve cervical cancer screening rates and timely, appropriate follow-up and treatment when screening ...
  • NPWH Position Statement on Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (2017-12-01)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) affirms each individual’s right to quality, evidence-based sexual and reproductive healthcare and encourages each individual to strive for a healthy ...
  • NPWH Position Statement on Human Papillomavirus Vaccination 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (HealthCom Media, 2017-11)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health supports an intentional and concerted effort to improve human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates—with the goal of ending cancers caused by HPV. All nurse ...
  • NPWH Position Statement on HBOC Risk Assessment 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (2017-05-18)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports the role of women’s health nurse practitioners (WHNPs) in providing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) risk assessment. At a minimum, ...
  • NPWH Position Statement on Prevention and Management of Opioid Misuse and Opioid Use Disorder Among Women Across the Lifespan 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (HealthCom Media, 2017-02)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) position statement on prevention and management of opioid misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD) among women across the lifespan was approved by the ...
  • NPWH Position Statement on the Doctor of Nursing Practice for Women's Health Nurse Practitioners 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (HealthCom Media, 2016-08)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) position statement on the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) for women’s health nurse practitioners (WHNPs) was approved by the Board of Directors June, ...
  • NPWH Position Statement on Prevention of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (HealthCom Media, 2016-11)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) position statement on prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies was approved by the Board of Directors August, 2016. NPWH recognizes the critical ...
  • NPWH Position Statement on Human Sex Trafficking 

    National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (2017-02-28)
    The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) position statement on human sex trafficking was approved by the Board of Directors January, 2017. NPWH recognizes the critical role of nurse practitioners ...

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