Menopause advanced nurse practitioner: my specialist role and how I got here
Nikki Noble has advice for nurses on moving into advanced practice in a specialty that can transform the quality of patients’ lives
The average age for a woman to reach menopause in the UK is 51 , but around 1 in 100 women will experience menopause before age 40.
Symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, fatigue, anxiety and depression and difficulty concentrating, with symptoms usually lasting between four and eight years.
The effects of menopause can vary widely between individuals, with more complex cases requiring the input of a menopause specialist, such as a menopause advanced nurse practitioner (ANP).
What is a menopause advanced nurse practitioner?
To be an ANP in menopause,
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