Dermatology Nurse Practitioner


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BASIC DESCRIPTION

The dermatology nurse practitioner—an advanced practice role—is responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and treating common dermatological disorders such as psoriasis, dermatitis, or eczema and dermatological infections such as those caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

A master’s degree and Nurse Practitioner certification are required; for certification as a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner, a minimum of 3,000 hours of practice in dermatology and a Nurse Practitioner certification are required.

CORE COMPETENCIES/SKILLS NEEDED

■ Excellent assessment skills
■ Advanced knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology in dermatology and their treatment
■ Ability to work with collaborating dermatologist

RELATED WEB SITES AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

■ Dermatology Nursing (www.dermatologynursing.net)
■ Nurse Practitioner Society of Dermatology Nurses’ Association (www.dnanurse.org)

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