Dermatology nursing is a specialty focused on the treatment of wounds, injuries, and diseases of the skin, including skin cancer as well as patient care following plastic surgery. A profession in dermatology nursing requires an understanding of the integumentary system, keen assessment and monitoring skills, vast knowledge about skin diseases and conditions, and ongoing education related to recommended prevention methods and treatment options. Dermatology nurses may work in inpatient areas such as burn units, or in outpatient settings such as a private office. Nurses may screen for skin cancer, assist with dermatology surgery and perform biopsies, mesotherapy, microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Additional responsibilities include cleaning and dressing wounds, monitoring and controlling pain, and preventing the spread of infection.
In this Dermatology Nursing library, we’ve assembled resources to help you provide the best care to your patients. Our Pocket Cards are quick, handy references to utilize when you are caring for a patient with melanoma or atopic dermatitis. Refer to the Guideline Summaries to learn need-to-know information from the latest recommendations. Our infographics, tips and mnemonics, and blogs are additional resources to help you during your dermatology nursing career.