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2007

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Dermatology Nurses' Association Holds Successful Summer Meeting in New York City Released: August 21, 2007
Sounding the drumbeat for sun protection and skin health, almost 300 dermatology nurses and other health care professionals convened August 4-5 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City for the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) Summer Meeting.
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Dermatology Nurses' Association Joins EPA's Sun Safety Education Program Released: July 26, 2007
The Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) has become an official partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Sunwise Program, a sweeping effort to educate Americans about the health risks of sun exposure.
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Dermatology Nursing News Briefs: Scratching the Itch: Behavior Modification Can Reduce the Urge Released: July 17, 2007
Habit reversal therapy can be an effective treatment to help patients with eczema and other skin conditions deal with the urge to scratch. In the June 2007 issue of Dermatology Nursing, Marianne Grillo, Randall Long, and Dorota Long recommend the therapy for patients to improve their quality of life and allow the skin to heal.
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Dermatology Nurses' Association to Hold Summer Meeting in New York Released: June 14, 2007
Dermatology nurses and other health care professionals will take part in two days of education and networking at the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) 3rd Annual Summer Meeting, August 4-5, 2007, at the New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY.
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Dermatology Nurses' Association Embraces the Future of the Specialty at Anniversary Convention Released: February 26, 2007
The Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) drew over 1,000 attendees to its 25th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC, February 1-4, 2007, making it one of the highest-attended conventions in DNA history.
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Nurse Authors Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Dermatology Nursing Journal Released: February 22, 2007
Dermatology Nursing journal presented its annual Writer's Awards to experienced and novice authors for outstanding contributions to the journal during the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) 25th Anniversary Convention, February 1-4, 2007, in Crystal City, VA.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2007
Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
856-256-2422;
janetd@ajj.com

Dermatology Nurses' Association Holds Successful Summer Meeting in New York City

Pitman, NJ – Sounding the drumbeat for sun protection and skin health, almost 300 dermatology nurses and other health care professionals convened August 4-5 at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City for the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) Summer Meeting.

DNA offered a host of education events throughout the meeting, including a Skin Cancer Workshop on Sunday, August 5. The popular session, attended by 190 people, featured the latest information on melanoma, skin lesions, the effects of UV radiation, and novel treatments. Panel members included sun protection advocate Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, MSN, RN; WABC-TV New York anchor Michelle Charlesworth who has been treated for skin cancer; and other experts in dermatology, law, health education and research.

Along with educating nurses and other providers, public education was another goal of DNA's officials. Maguire-Eisen and DNA President-Elect Karrie Fairbrother, BSN, CDE, DNC, appeared on a WABC news segment Saturday morning with Charlesworth, showing graphic photos of the skin damage caused by the sun. They also demonstrated the proper use of sunscreen and other protective methods. Fairbrother, Maguire-Eisen, DNA President Susan Tofte, MS, RN, FNP-C, and other DNA representatives educated the Naked Cowboy, a colorful Times Square personality, about sun protection.

To further spread the sun safety message to the general public, DNA, Coolibar, Neutrogena Corporation, and the Marriott Marquis provided 2,000 “SunAware” bookmarks and Neutrogena's Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock, SPF 55, to guests staying at the hotel. The bookmark includes tips about spotting skin cancer and skin cancer prevention.

In addition to skin cancer education, the conference featured a broad slate of topics spanning the dermatology specialty. These included phototherapy; dermatology nursing basics; and dermatologic surgery and cosmetic procedures. Hilary Baldwin, MD, vice chair and associate professor, Department of Dermatology, State University of New York in Brooklyn, presented a luncheon symposium on acne that was very well received by attendees for its up-to-the-minute research.

Conference participants also earned continuing nursing education credit and networked with their colleagues during the weekend meeting. Among the special events was a reception on Saturday, August 4, during which 12 corporate sponsors displayed the latest information and technologies.

In addition to the Summer Meeting, DNA also holds an annual convention. Next year, the 26th Annual Convention will be held at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV, March 27-30, 2008. For more information about DNA and its conferences, visit www.dnanurse.org or contact the National Office at East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071; phone: 800-454-4DNA (4362) or 856-256-2330; e-mail: dna@dnanurse.org.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 26, 2007
Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
856-256-2422
janetd@ajj.com

Dermatology Nurses' Association Joins EPA's Sun Safety Education Program

‘SunWise Program’ educates Americans on the risks of sun exposure and the best ways protect themselves. Dermatology nurses are collaborating with the EPA to expand the campaign.

PITMAN, NJ –The Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) has become an official partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) SunWise Program, a sweeping effort to educate Americans about the health risks of sun exposure.

DNA joins a network of SunWise Partners, including education, sports, and other nonprofit organizations, in the national campaign. The program’s goal is to reach as many people as possible with a comprehensive sun safety education program through schools, classrooms and communities.

“Dermatology nurses are on the frontlines when it comes to teaching people about the risks of sun exposure. We see the damage and suffering every day,” said DNA President Susan J. Tofte, MS, RN, FNP-C. “Along with the other SunWise Partners, DNA will help get the message of UV dangers into people’s hands and encourage them to incorporate safety measures into their daily lives.”

DNA will help reach the public about SunWise behavior through its members across the country. Activities, which include media outreach and educational materials, will be coordinated with the EPA. The SunWise Web site, www.epa.gov/sunwise, features activities for schools, interactive educational games for children, and resources for communities to promote awareness. In addition to DNA, SunWise Partners include the SHADE Foundation, the American Academy of Dermatology, the National Weather Service, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, and many other organizations.

More than 1 million people a year are diagnosed with skin cancer, accounting for more than half of all new cancers in the U.S. each year according to the American Cancer Society. Ozone depletion has increased the risk of UV overexposure, and in addition to skin cancer and premature aging, the sun can cause other health problems such as cataracts.

For more information about the SunWise Program, go to www.epa.gov/sunwise. For more information about DNA, visit www.dnanurse.org; phone: 800-454-4DNA (4362); or e-mail: dna@ajj.com.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2007
Contact: Janet D'Alesandro
856-256-2422;
janet@ajj.com

Dermatology Nursing News Briefs

Scratching the Itch: Behavior Modification Can Reduce the Urge
Habit reversal therapy can be an effective treatment to help patients with eczema and other skin conditions deal with the urge to scratch. In the June 2007 issue of Dermatology Nursing, Marianne Grillo, Randall Long, and Dorota Long recommend the therapy for patients to improve their quality of life and allow the skin to heal.

While managing chronic itching caused by disease requires medical intervention, the authors note that scratching calls for a psychological approach. In the habit reversal method, patients are first educated about the itch-scratch cycle and then taught alternative behaviors to scratching such as exercising their hands.

The authors say their clinical experience shows it is possible to diminish the scratch habit with reversal therapy, but said follow-up may be necessary to evaluate effectiveness long-term. This is where an interested professional comes in, they say, as motivation and guidance are keys to success. (Habit Reversal Training for the Itch-Scratch Cycle Associated with Pruritic Skin Conditions; Marianne Grillo, RN, MNg, Randall Long, BMBS, FRANZCP, and Dorota Long, BMBS, June 2007, www.dermatologynursing.net)

Body Piercings Contribute to Upswing in Nickel Allergies

The popularity of body piercing has caused the incidence of nickel allergies to rise significantly in the United States. In the June 2007 Issue of Dermatology Nursing, Sandra D. Copeland, Susan deBey, and Deon Hutchison, stress the importance of patient and health care provider education to the symptoms and dangers of nickel allergies.

While the incidence of the allergy was about 10% in the 1980s, it is now estimated as high as 20% in women and 4% in men, according to statistics researched by the authors. The most common symptom of nickel allergy is contact dermatitis, presenting in patients as itching, redness, and blisters. The danger is particularly acute for patients who may need implanted surgical devices. To keep patients safe, the authors suggest nickel allergy testing and a thorough health history. Treatment includes removing any traces of nickel from the body, thorough cleansing and corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.  Nurses play a key role through the treatment process and in pre- and post-operative assessments. (Nickel Allergies: Implications for Practice; Sandra D. Copeland, MSN, RN, BC, Susan deBey, BSN, RN, and Deon Hutchison, MSN, RN, BC, June 2007, www.dermatologynursing.net)

Tips for Getting Quick and Accurate Reimbursement

Health care providers often face frustrating delays in getting reimbursed for services, however there are some ways to speed the process. In the June 2007 Issue of Dermatology Nursing, Lisa L. Spoden, Executive Director, Association of Dermatology Administrators/Managers and a former Medicare Fair Hearing officer, outlines effective strategies to improve the chance of a fair, accurate and timely reimbursement:

    Don't use outdated materials
    Don't use truncated diagnosis codes
    Identify patients correctly
    Use modifiers properly
    Use the right site-of-service code
    Don't omit referring physicians name and NPI #

Spoden also presents 11 items that every dermatology office's coding and compliance library should contain to help staff avoid mistakes. (Ensuring Timely Reimbursement; Lisa L. Spoden, PhD, MS, BA, June 2007, www.dermatologynursing.net)

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Members of the media: Feel free to use these news briefs as filler in your publications. For more information, or if you would like to interview one of the authors, contact Linda Alexander at linda@ajj.com or 856-256-2300, ext. 2411.

Dermatology Nursing is the official journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA). The journal is nursing's premier skin care resource and contains state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of skin and wound care.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2007
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411;
Linda@ajj.com

Dermatology Nurses' Association to Hold Summer Meeting in New York
Dermatology nursing basics, phototherapy, surgery/cosmetic and skin cancer workshops will be offered.

Pitman, NJ – Dermatology nurses and other health care professionals will take part in two days of education and networking at the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) 3rd Annual Summer Meeting, August 4-5, 2007, at the New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY.

Attendees will enhance their understanding of dermatology patient care issues, learn about new treatment options for patients, earn continuing nursing education credit and network with colleagues during the weekend meeting. Breakfast and luncheon symposiums on iPLEDGE, a distribution and pregnancy prevention program for isotretinoin, and acne will also be offered.

The complete registration brochure is available on DNA’s Web site, www.dnanurse.org.

Program
On Saturday, August 4, participants may choose one of three workshops. The Dermatology Nursing Basics Course is designed for practitioners new to dermatology nursing. The course will cover basic anatomy and physiology of the skin, physical assessment, working with clients and diagnosing and treating common skin conditions. Attendees will build a fundamental framework and integrate that knowledge into assessing, treating and educating patients.

The Fundamentals of Phototherapy: The Joan Shelk Memorial Workshop, a special tribute to DNA Past President Joan Shelk, covers psoriasis and other photo-responsive skin diseases, equipment operations and other responsibilities associated with administering phototherapy. The Dermatologic Surgery/Cosmetic Workshop is designed to meet the needs of nurses new to dermatologic surgery and cosmetics and expand the knowledge of experienced colleagues. Attendees will learn surgical basics, pre- and post-operative responsibilities, how to apply cosmetic principles and techniques to non-cosmetic patients, and facial rejuvenation, injectables and botox.

On Sunday, August 5, DNA will offer an expanded Skin Cancer Workshop for the first time at the Summer Meeting. The workshop is designed as a forum on skin cancer prevention, early detection, and patient management. Panel members include sun protection advocate Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, MSN, RN, WABC-TV New York anchor Michelle Charlesworth, and other experts in dermatology, law, health education and research. Topics include the relationship of UV radiation to melanoma, management of problem skin legions, reducing malpractice risk and surviving metastatic melanoma.

Continuing Education
This educational activity is provided by the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA). Attendees may earn up to 14.15 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

DNA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC-COA).

DNA is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP5708.

Registration
Complete conference registration information and online registration are available on DNA’s Web site, www.dnanurse.org. For additional information, contact DNA’s National Office, East Holly Ave Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071-0056; phone: 800-454-4DNA or 856-256-2330; e-mail: dna@ajj.com.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2007
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411;
Linda@ajj.com

Dermatology Nurses’ Association Embraces the Future of the Specialty at Anniversary Convention
During the convention, DNA celebrated its 25th Anniversary and recognized outstanding members.

Pitman, NJ – The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) drew over 1,000 attendees to its 25th Anniversary Convention in Washington, DC, February 1-4, 2007, making it one of the highest-attended conventions in DNA history.

Armed with the theme Embracing the Future of Dermatology, attendees reflected on DNA’s history and mission to advance dermatology nursing as well as memorable moments from the past, and looked to the future of the specialty.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary, DNA held a special celebration during the Opening Reception on Thursday, February 1. Participants networked, enjoyed a festive “Moonlight by Monuments” theme and had an opportunity to have their photos taken in front of a Capitol Building display, a very well-received remembrance sponsored by Galderma. All attendees received pashminas embroidered with the 25th anniversary logo as a keepsake.

Attendees also enjoyed an expanded exhibit hall with more than 80 exhibitors filling over 100 booths, as well as special events, networking opportunities and a wide slate of education sessions. The sessions, taught by experts in the nursing, medical and research communities, covered such topics as nurses’ roles in treating patients with skin cancer; basic and advanced wound care; protecting skin for life; connections between psychiatry and dermatology; and influencing legislative change.

“The convention always proves to be a stimulating event, and the 25th anniversary certainly contributed to a wonderful atmosphere,” said DNA’s new president, Susan Tofte, MS, RN, FNP-C. “We are looking forward to an exciting future.”

Keynote speaker Alvin Law helped elevate the attendee experience with his inspiring opening address. Law, a Thalidomide baby, was born without arms. In a humorous yet honest address, Law shared his life story, described his family’s support in teaching him he could be whatever he wanted, and showed the audience how he uses his feet to do just about everything.

Awards
Barbara Bielan, BSN, RN, NPC, received a lifetime achievement award during the Opening Reception on February 1. She was recognized for her outstanding dedication and loyalty to DNA. Bielan is retiring this year from being a nurse practitioner in dermatology, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, CA,

Diane Hanna, MSN, ARNP, received the President’s Award during DNA’s Business Meeting/Recognition Luncheon on Sunday, February 4. The award is given each year to an individual for outstanding contributions to DNA. Hanna is a family nurse practitioner at Midwest Dermatology, Leawood, KS.

2007-08 DNA Board of Directors
The members of DNA’s 2007-08 Board of Directors were inducted at the convention. They are:
President - Susan Tofte, RN, MS, FNP-C, Portland, OR
President-Elect - Karen M. Fairbrother, BSN, CDE, DNC, Helena, MT
Immediate Past President - Melodie Young, MSN, RN, ANP-C, Dallas, TX
Secretary/Treasurer - Barbara Sinni-McKeehen, MSN, ARNP, DNC, Largo, FL
Director - Trudy Adamson, BSN, RN, DNC, Byron, MN
Director - Lakshi M. Aldredge, ANP-C, Beavercreek, OR
Director - Nina MacDonald, BScN, RN, DNC, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Director - Marianne C. Tawa, MSN, RN, ANP, Medfield, MA

Senior Staff
Senior Staff
Executive Director     
Michael Brennan, CMP, Pitman, NJ
Association Services Manager     Eileen Schnapp, Pitman, NJ

DNA will hold its 26th Annual Convention at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, NV, March 27-30, 2008. For more information about DNA and its conferences, visit www.dnanurse.org or contact the National Office at East Holly Avenue Box 56, Pitman, NJ 08071; phone: 800-454-4DNA (4362) or 856-256-2330; e-mail: dna@ajj.com.

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2007
Contact: Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411;
Linda@ajj.com

Nurse Authors Honored for Outstanding Contributions to Dermatology Nursing Journal

PITMAN, NJ – Dermatology Nursing journal presented its annual Writer’s Awards to experienced and novice authors for outstanding contributions to the journal during the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) 25th Anniversary Convention, February 1-4, 2007, in Crystal City, VA.

The Editor’s Award, which recognizes an individual who has made special contributions to the journal and to dermatology nursing education, was presented to Barbara Bielan, BSN, RN, NPC, a nurse practitioner in dermatology, Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, CA, and a Dermatology Nursing Editorial Board Member since 1992. Bielan created and authored the journal’s “What’s Your Assessment” series, a feature that includes a case presentation, diagnosis, discussion and a step-by-step rationale for the assessment. The series has ranked as Dermatology Nursing’s most popular and well-read feature for the last 15 years.

“Barbara is someone who graciously shared her knowledge and expertise, encouraged and mentored us, and shared laughs and commiserated with us,” said Dermatology Nursing Editor Marcia Hill, MSN, RN, before she presented Bielan with her award. “She brought her stellar clinical skills and love of patient care into every one of our practices.”

Jacqueline Rhoads, PhD, ACNP-BC, ANP-C, GNP, CCRN, Laurie Ann Ferguson, MSN, FNP-C, ANP-BC, and Cynthia A. Langford, PhD, APRN-BC, FNP, received the Previously Published Author Award. Their article, "Measuring Nurse Practitioner Productivity" was published in the February 2006 issue of the journal. Rhoads is a professor, Ferguson is an assistant professor, and Langford is an associate professor at Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Nursing, New Orleans, LA.

Vickie L. Timm-Knudson, RN, Janis S. Johnson, RN, Karel J. Ortiz, MD, and James A. Yiannias, MD, received the Novice Author Award, for previously unpublished authors. Their article, "Allergic Contact Dermatitis to Preservatives" was published in the April 2006 issue of the journal. Timm-Knudson is a clinical manager in the department of dermatology and Johnson is a patch test coordinator at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. Ortiz is a dermatologist at Presbyterian Medical Clinic, Albuquerque, NM. Yiannias is an associate professor of dermatology at the Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ.

To receive guidelines for the 2007 Writer’s Awards, contact Katie Brownlow, Dermatology Nursing editorial coordinator, at 856-256-2346, or brownlok@ajj.com.

Dermatology Nursing is the official journal of the DNA. For more information about the association, visit www.dnanurse.org.

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Dermatology Nursing is the official journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA). The journal is nursing’s premier skin care resource and contains state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of skin and wound care.

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