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

Purpose and Objectives

Understand, uphold and champion the mission, bylaws, policies, and procedures of the DNA. Promote continuing education of dermatology nurses and allied health care workers. Promote recognition of DNA members as professionals by the entire medical community. Promote and support the DNA as the appropriate vehicle for achieving recognition of and serving as a resource for the education of all who are involved in caring for the dermatology patient. Oversee the sound business and fiscal management of the DNA.

Requirements and Selection

A. Nurse member of the DNA; DNC of DCNP preferred.

B. Elected by the membership for a two year term.

C. Demonstrate qualities of professionalism and commitment to further the mission of the DNA.

D. Ability to make time and work commitments to complete Board activities and attend meetings for the duration of the term.

E. Preferred background: Evidence of past involvement on local, regional, and/or national involvement.

Duties and Responsibilities

A. Serve as the official spokesperson for the DNA Membership.

B. Assume responsibilities delegated by the President and/or the Board of Directors.

  1. Serve as a resource person to assigned chairperson/task force chairs.
  2. Guide and monitor assigned committees/task forces in establishing goals, objectives, and priorities in accordance with the strategic plan.
  3. Direct communication to/from the committee and task force chairs and the Board of Directors including monitoring submission of reports prior to all Board of Directors meetings and monitoring or reports on the Web site and in FOCUS.
  4. Assist assigned committees/task forces as requested.

C. Promote the DNA to potential members and introduce them to local chapter presidents.

  1. Assist in the formation of new DNA chapters by providing information and direction.
  2. Direct members interested in forming new DNA chapters to the Chapter Advisory Committee.

D. Identify potential DNA members for committees, task forces, and other national opportunities.

  1. Submit names of potential DNA members to the Nominating Committee member in the region.
  2. Promote the DNA strategic plan by identifying members to serve in the numerous capacities and opportunities as presented by the plan.

E. Contribute bi-monthly articles to FOCUS. Encourage local chapter officers to submit local events to the Web site.

F. Participate in the annual evaluation of the Association Headquarters, Inc.
management firm.

G. Orient and mentor incoming Directors to the duties and responsibilities of Director. See the DNA guidelines for mentoring newly elected members of the DNA Board of Directors.

Guidelines for Mentoring a Newly Elected Member of the DNA Board of Directors

1. Each new board member will have a mentor. A board member who is interested in mentoring a particular newly elected officer may volunteer by discussion with the President. The President may also appoint a mentor. In this case, discussion will be held with the potential mentor to assure interest and available time. Every effort will be made to obtain a mentor who is willing and has the necessary time for this commitment.

2. The mentor will introduce self/role to new member at the first meeting, preferable prior to start of meeting. It is preferable for the mentor to introduce new member to the Board of Directors (BOD) and staff at the start of the first session.

3. New BOD members with past experience on the board will need to be updated regarding policy and procedural changes.

4. New BOD members with no past experience will need:

  1. General orientation to the board and how meetings are conducted.
  2. Orientation to Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director roles.
  3. Responsibilities as board liaison.
  4. Orientation to the agenda item form and how to properly complete or modify a submission from one of their committees or task forces, including the financial portion. Monitor agenda items for completeness prior to submission to Staff for posting or inclusion in board book - for a period of time (to be decided on by the mentor).
  5. Orientation to the board report form.