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Dermatology Nurse

Dermatology nurses provide nursing care to patients with diseases of the skin. Their job role include the treatment of wounds, injuries and also screening for serious problems such as skin cancer. They may also perform other routine skin treatments under a physician’s order, such as microdermabrasion, mesotherapy, chemical peels etc. They may also assist the dermatologist with more complex skin treatments, and also counsel patients in diet, skin care routine, and preventing skin disorders.


The field of dermatology is quite vast, and dermatology nurses can work in a wide range of hospital settings. Many work with private doctors, usually plastic surgeons or dermatologists, while some may work for a burn ward in a hospital.

• Becoming a Dermatology Nurse

Being a specialized field, dermatology nursing has some stringent requirements. The foremost step is getting a two-year or four-year nursing degree from an accredited college, followed by passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed registered nurse (RN).


Thereby, one can start working as a registered nurse. It is important to work for a minimum of two years in dermatology, and get 2000 hours of clinical experience in dermatology. Once all these criteria have been met, the nurse can apply for a dermatology certification exam. This exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions that test a dermatology nurse on topics such as general dermatology, dermatitis, wounds, acne, surgical dermatology, infections, etc. Passing this certification exams means that a nurse has become a Dermatology Nurse Certified or DNC.


The certification is valid for three years, after which it can be renewed by earning a set number of continued education hours or by gaining credit by examination.

• Job Prospects and Salary

It is projected that by 2020, the US will face a shortage of about 800,000 nurses. The huge number shows that becoming a nurse is a very promising career for anyone considering it. Qualified dermatology nurses are difficult to find, which means that employment prospects are quite fair for those who have specialized as DNCs. These nurses have a wide variety of settings, population and conditions to work with.


The salary for a dermatology nurse can be in a quite broad band, depending on the geographic location and hiring facility. Needless to say, the nurse’s years and level of experience also play a key role in determining the salary earned. In general, a dermatology nurse can earn anywhere between $30,000-75,000 a year.

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