An allergy/immunology nurse focuses on the care of patients with chronic allergic conditions. These conditions include asthma, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, and atopic dermatitis. Duties include providing direct patient care and health education and, in most cases, administrative responsibilities such as those of an Allergy Office manager.
Registered nurse (RN) preparation and Basic Life Support certification are required. An allergy RN can obtain certification in Asthma Education by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board.
CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED
■ Strong assessment and interpersonal skills
■ Ability to work with other members of the health care team
■ Excellent organizational skills
■ Advance knowledge in allergy treatment and management, such as allergy desensitization therapy
RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
■ American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (http://www.aaaai.org/)
■ Association of Asthma Educators (http://www.asthmaeducators.org/)
■ National Asthma Educator Certification Board (http://www.naecb.org/)