The Dermatology Nurses' Association
Nurses serving nurses for more than 30 years!

About DNA

Mission Statement/Core Purpose:

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association is a professional nursing organization comprised of a diverse group of individuals committed to quality care through sharing knowledge and expertise. The core purpose of the DNA is to promote excellence in dermatologic care.


In 1978, an informal meeting was held to discuss concerns and questions and to seek avenues for further education for dermatologic nursing. This meeting lead to increased attendance the next year and finally to the first educational program in 1980. In 1981 nurses from all areas of dermatologic practice met to explore the possibility of forming a professional association of nurses working in the dermatology field. The first official annual convention of DNA was held in 1982. In 1983 the first elected slate of officers was installed. The DNA has grown to over 3,000 members with 18 local chapters. The first issue of DNA’s first journal, Dermatology Nursing, was published in 1989. The newsletter, DNA Focus, a highly informative quarterly publication has continued to develop in response to the members’ needs. The NP Society of the DNA was established in 2005-06 to meet the needs of DNA's growing NP membership. In 2009, DNA launched a new official journal, the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association (JDNA).


  • 3,000+ RNs, NPs, LPN/LVNs, Medical Assistants, Other Associate Members
  • Breakdown – 50% Nurses, 22% Nurse Practitioners, 20% Medical Assistants, 8% Other
  • Categories – NP Society Member, Nurse Member, Associate Member, Student Member, Senior Member, Honorary, Lifetime, Corporate

Membership Services:

See our NEW DNA Membership Brochure here!


Governance and Organizational Structure:

Marketing Opportunities For:

  • Corporate Membership
  • Corporate Member Listings and Links
  • DNA Website
  • Annual Convention Exhibit Opportunities
  • Program Sponsorship Opportunities (CE and Social)
  • Advertising Opportunities in the Program Book / Registration Stuffer
  • Direct Mail of Convention Attendees
  • Mailing List of DNA Members
  • Journal of the Dermatology Nurses Association Advertising Opportunities
  • CE Article / Journal Supplements Sponsorships

Learn more about corporate support and marketing opportunities.

Corporate Membership:

Companies are invited to join DNA as a Corporate Member for an annual contribution of $3,000. Benefits include recognition in the DNA FOCUS newsletter, Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association and on DNA’s website. Corporate members receive recognition at the Corporate Members Luncheon held in conjunction with the Annual Convention and also receive recognition in the Convention Program Book.

Annual Convention:

  • Exhibits are open over the course of three days.
  • Additional Workshops held in conjunction with the Annual Convention include Fundamentals of Phototherapy Workshop, Dermatology Nursing Basics Course, Dermatology Nurse Certification Review Course, and Nurse Practitioner Forum.
  • 800 attendees are expected.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available for educational programs.
  • Visit the Events page to view upcoming dates and locations.


DNA’s website offers membership services, online educational activities, convention registration information and much more.

Mailing List Rental:

DNA makes its mailing list available for rental to companies. Certain qualifications and restrictions apply. You may select from the entire DNA mailing list or the NP Society mailing list only.

DNA Contact Information

DNA National Office
435 N. Bennett Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387 
Phone: 800-454-4DNA (4362)
Fax: 910-246-2361


Executive Director
Linda Markham

Administrative Assistant
Teresa Tierney

Membership Coordinator 
Rachel Kelley

Director of Education
Dorothy Caputo, MA, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE