Recent Activity http://community.dnanurse.org/rss-featured en Dermatoscope experiences? http://community.dnanurse.org/node/237 <p>I am looking into purchasing a dermatoscope that is compatible with an iphone and my work's ipad air (since we have electronic records). &nbsp;I am curious about NP's experiences with the 3GEN DL1 Eipluminescence Dermlite Dermatoscope, or any others which are currently being used in your clinic.</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/237#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:38:31 EST cmt7070 Study Group for DCNP Exam in April http://community.dnanurse.org/node/236 <p>I am planning to take the DCNP exam at the convention. I have started studying but would appreciate combining efforts with anyone else who is doing the same.&nbsp;&nbsp; We could meet by conference call and share docs electronically&nbsp;or in person if geographically feasible (North of Boston area).&nbsp; It would be a huge help even as minimally as to keep me on task&nbsp; :-).&nbsp;&nbsp; Look forward to hearing from you.&nbsp;</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/236#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 10:28:24 EST magmacy3 Professional guidance please! http://community.dnanurse.org/node/235 <p style="line-height:15.6pt"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Hello Everyone~<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">My name is Abbey Goodwin and I am a new Nurse Practitioner, I just passed my boards! Yay! I am writing because I am in love with the dermatology specialty after doing 176 hours of clinical experience with a fantastic dermatology MD in Ohio. I want so very bad to get a job in derm but I am realizing that there aren't very many jobs to start with in addition to very specifically wanting candidates to have at least a couple years of experience, which I really don't have. So my question is how do I get experience if all these jobs want experience to start with? I would love to hear any pointers you all might have! I am in the Denver area but would be very willing to move if that what it takes!&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Thanks in advance for reading this and giving any feedback you might have!!&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Warmly,<o:p></o:p></span></p><p style="line-height: 15.6pt;"><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Abbey Goodwin&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/235#comments Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:10:04 EDT agoodwin10 DCNP http://community.dnanurse.org/node/234 <p>Can anyone recommend a good liability insurance company for Dermatology Nurse practitioners? NSO just told me they do not cover NPs working in the dermatology field.</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/234#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 18:32:12 EDT kbperez Call for Volunteers for Membership Committee http://community.dnanurse.org/node/233 <p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 1.5em; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">The DNA’s main focus has always been to share knowledge and expertise through networking with fellow nursing professionals, all while promoting the highest standards in dermatologic nursing care. With over 2,400 members, the continued growth of the DNA has become a main emphasis and we have designed this committee keeping that in mind. The main purpose of the Membership Committee will be to promote growth and retention of membership within the DNA. We are looking for creative and strategic volunteers to be a part of this new endeavor, because who better knows what interests the members of DNA, but its members.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(85, 85, 85); line-height: 1.5em; font-family: 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">The Committee will be comprised of 1 chair, a chair-elect, 6 to 10 committee members and a Board liaison. The primary responsibility of this group of individuals will be to develop strategic, but fun approaches for recruiting and retaining members. For more information regarding this committee, please read the committee’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnanurse.org/sites/default/files/downloads/2015/Membership%20Committee%20Charge.docx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 83, 131); background: transparent;" target="_blank">description</a>. Interested in volunteering to be a part of this committee? Please contact Jessica Dougherty at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jdougherty@dnanurse.com?subject=Volunteer%20for%20Membership%20Committee" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 83, 131); background: transparent;">jdougherty@dnanurse.org</a>&nbsp;.</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/233#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 15:07:52 EDT jking Education http://community.dnanurse.org/node/230 <p>Hello all,</p><p>So I just joined the DNA recently and I'm fairly new at this. I have a tele and home health background and currently work in an outpatient dermatology practice. I wanted to ask my fellow nurses what kind of advatages as far as job offers, etc a nurse might get from having a dermatology certification? I have an associate's degree and all I see are job postings for derm NP. Any input, advice would be greatly appreciated. Liz</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/230#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 9:08:21 EDT edrwal Certification http://community.dnanurse.org/node/231 <p>&nbsp;Can someone please tell me where to get information for prep books for crtification?&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks,&nbsp;</p><p>H</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/231#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 9:07:42 EDT hannahfnp Looking for advice on how to land my first Dermatology NP position http://community.dnanurse.org/node/232 <p>Hello everyone!</p><p>I am so excited to be joining DNA. I wanted to get advice on how to land my first Dermatology NP position. I have been an NP for over 4 years and have experience in family practice (currently) and management of NPs. I do have experience in treating minor derm problems, such as acne, all types of rashes, etc. I even have experience with the cosmetic aspect of Derm (Latisee, Vaniqa, etc). I have such a passion and excitement about going into Dermatology practice! I want to learn more about the field. However, living in Illinois, I feel that I am limited to job openings. I am constantly looking for openings in Illinois, but the postings are usually more than 2 hours away from my home. The ones that I have seen near my home REQUIRE experience only with an NP who has worked in a Derm office and not primary care. A recent job I applied for sounded really great and the employer was willling to train, but it was filled so quickly because of the volume of experienced NPs who applied.</p><p>I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me in terms of where to look or what to do? If you are an experienced NP in Dermatology, what advice would you give someone just starting off? I would really appreciate any feedback. I heard that maybe getting a certification in Dermatology would help since it shows you have some training, but before I do this and spend money/time is it worth the investment?</p><p>Thank you!!!</p><p>MB</p><p>P.S. If you live in IL, would you be able to help me and connect some time? Thanks!</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/232#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:14:06 EST mbenes Suturing http://community.dnanurse.org/node/229 <p>Any ideas on where to go to attend workshops on suturing? Have solid basic skill, yet want to broaden my skillset.</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/229#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 15:03:35 EST lamberger Sterile versus clean technique in dermatology http://community.dnanurse.org/node/228 <p>Hi, I just joined this organization today. &nbsp;Most of my career in nursing has been in the operating room (general surgery). &nbsp;Last March I made a major change and moved into dermatology, specializing in Mohs surgery. &nbsp;On slow days, I work in the dermatology out patient clinic. &nbsp;My question and concern is, does it make any difference in outcome where clean technique is used instead of sterile technique? &nbsp;I'm having a difficult time finding any &nbsp;research and &nbsp;documentation that says anything definitive. &nbsp;My gut feeling is that clean technique is fine. &nbsp;I've read that in some Mohs clinics non sterile boxed gloves &nbsp;are used instead of sterile gloves with no significant increase in infection rates. &nbsp;I realize that the skin is much more vascular and on the surface, both of which cut down on infection rates but if there are any studies or articles that could help clarify this point, I'd love to read them. &nbsp;Any assisstance would be appreciated.&nbsp;</p> http://community.dnanurse.org/node/228#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 14:25:31 EDT shuttlepusher