A dermatology nurse is a registered nurse who specializes in skin care and helps patients who are dealing with skin problems such as those who have recently been injured at the skin level, patients who are dealing with wound or scaring and individuals who may have a skin disease such as cancer through the use of chemical and technological treatments.
Dermatology nurses may also be used to assist patients who are dealing with acne, burns, poison ivy and sun poisoning.
In fact dermatology nurses can be found working in a wide variety of fields that deal with skin injuries, illness or scaring.
To give you an idea of the many fields a dermatology nurse may operate in here’s a break down of some of the most common places these nurse specialists can be found.
Fields where dermatology nurses may be found:
- Skin cancer treatment centers
- Acne treatment facilities
- Hospitals and health care centers that deal with wound treatments
- Burn treatment facilities
- Cellulite treatment facilities
- Poison ivy treatment centers
- Sunburn/Sun poisoning treatment centers
- Wrinkle/Age treatment centers
- Plastic surgery facilities
- Pregnancy and neonatal care units
and a host of other areas that are related to skin care.
In order to provide patients with the best medical care and skin care treatments possible dermatology nurses are often found working in conjunction with a specialized dermatologist who has advanced training in the field of dermatology and has spent many years working with patients who are dealing with skin care problems.
How to become a dermatology nurse
Individuals who would like to begin a career in the dermatology nurse field of health care must first go through nursing school and earn either their associates of science in nursing degree (ASN) or bachelors of science in nursing degree (BSN) and pass the national licensing exam for registered nurses.
Upon successful completion of the exam and earning your registered nurse (RN) license you will need to spend several years working in a dermatology related setting at a hospital or health care clinic that specializes in dermatology care and skin treatment.
While working in a dermatology related field you may want to take a number of certification courses related to dermatology and skin care in order to hone your skill and develop your resume.
After acquiring an adequate amount of time and experience you may then apply to take the dermatology nurse certification exam (DNC) in order to earn your dermatology certification and begin working as a certified dermatology nurse.
Note: While nurses may begin their nursing career with a 2-year ASN degree many specialized field of nursing require students to have their 4-year BSN degree before allowing them to move into many of the specialized fields that are offered to nurses.
For a list of the many specialized nursing fields check out: Careers in Nursing