Faculty: Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, RN, MSN
Release Date: 02/10/2015
I am so excited to be joining DNA. I wanted to get advice on how to land my first Dermatology NP position. I have been an NP for over 4 years and have experience in family practice (currently) and management of NPs. I do have experience in treating minor derm problems, such as acne, all types of rashes, etc. I even have experience with the cosmetic aspect of Derm (Latisee, Vaniqa, etc). I have such a passion and excitement about going into Dermatology practice! I want to learn more about the field. However, living in Illinois, I feel that I am limited to job openings. I am constantly looking for openings in Illinois, but the postings are usually more than 2 hours away from my home. The ones that I have seen near my home REQUIRE experience only with an NP who has worked in a Derm office and not primary care. A recent job I applied for sounded really great and the employer was willling to train, but it was filled so quickly because of the volume of experienced NPs who applied.
I was wondering if anyone had any advice for me in terms of where to look or what to do? If you are an experienced NP in Dermatology, what advice would you give someone just starting off? I would really appreciate any feedback. I heard that maybe getting a certification in Dermatology would help since it shows you have some training, but before I do this and spend money/time is it worth the investment?
P.S. If you live in IL, would you be able to help me and connect some time? Thanks!