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2008

The Economic Value of Professional Nursing Released: December 24, 2008

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is pleased to announce, on behalf of the larger nursing community, today’s release of a first of its kind study quantifying the economic value of nursing. The study was conducted by the Lewin Group, supported by grants from Nursing’s Agenda for the Future, the ANA, and a coalition of nursing associations dedicated to addressing nursing workforce issues.
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4th Annual Dermatology Nurses’ Association Summer Meeting to Arrive in Windy City Released: July 7, 2008

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) will offer dermatology professionals the latest information, in a variety of learning formats and the profession’s best networking opportunities during the annual summer conference slated for Aug. 2-3 at the Chicago Hilton.
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Dermatology Nursing Certification Board Now Offering Certification Exam for Nurse Practitioners in Dermatology Released: June 6, 2008

The Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB) is now offering a certification exam for nurse practitioners in dermatology. The first exam was offered during the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) Convention in March 2008 and is scheduled to be held each three times each year.
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Dermatology Nurses’ Association Has a New Home Released: January 1, 2008

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is ringing in the New Year with a brand new headquarters and a new management company to help ensure it has a bright and successful future.
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26th Annual Dermatology Nurses Association Conference: the Conference of Champions Released: January 1, 2008

The 26th Annual Dermatology Nurses Convention: Champions of Health Care, scheduled for March 25-28, 2008, at the Las Vegas Hilton, will salute dermatology professionals and offer them the latest information in the field of dermatology, a variety of learning formats and the profession’s best networking opportunities. This comprehensive meeting is intended for practitioners of all skill levels practicing in various settings. RNs, LPNs, medical assistants, nurse practitioners, office staff and administrative staff working in the field of dermatology will benefit from this meeting.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2008
Theresa Katalinas
215-884-6499

4th Annual Dermatology Nurses’ Association Summer Meeting to Arrive in Windy City
Dermatology Nurse Professionals to Convene in Chicago, August 2-3

Chicago, Ill. — From acne to wound care and everything in between, dermatology nurses and related professionals play a critical role in providing quality health care to their patients.

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) will offer dermatology professionals the latest information, in a variety of learning formats and the profession’s best networking opportunities during the annual summer conference slated for Aug. 2-3 at the Chicago Hilton.

Enhance Your Dermatological Know-How
The 4th annual summer meeting features a broad array of dermatology care issues where participants may earn up to 13.25 nursing contact hours. Programs will get underway on Saturday, Aug. 2 with a nurse practitioner forum. The ever-popular DNA dermatology nursing basics course will also be offered that day, as well as a cosmetic/laser workshop.

The Fundamentals of Phototherapy: The Joan Shelk Memorial Workshop will be offered on Aug. 2 in tribute to Shelk, a past president of the DNA. The intensive, one-day training is aimed at those administering light therapy under a doctor’s supervision. This workshop covers psoriasis and other photo-responsive skin diseases: PUVA, narrow and broad band UVB therapy, equipment operation and metering and other responsibilities associated with phototherapy administration.

On Sunday, Aug. 3, DNA will offer a half-day skin cancer prevention workshop. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly 50 percent of all cancers in the United States. More than 1 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are diagnosed each year.

The Chicago Hilton
Conference attendees will stay at the upscale Chicago Hilton, which is known for exceptional luxury, a long list of amenities, including a fitness center, a heated indoor pool and high-speed internet access. The downtown Chicago hotel is within walking distance of Windy City hot spots like the John Hancock Center, Lakeshore Drive, Magnificent Mile shopping, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Northwestern University.

About DNA
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. Since the first official annual convention of DNA was held in 1982, the organization has grown to 26 local chapters.

To register for the conference, or to receive more information, visit www.dnanurse.org.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2008
Linda Alexander
856-256-2300, ext. 2411
linda@ajj.com

Dermatology Nursing Certification Board Now Offering Certification Exam for Nurse Practitioners in Dermatology

Forty-seven nurse practitioners in dermatology have taken the Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) exam since March.

PITMAN, NJ – The Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB) is now offering a certification exam for nurse practitioners in dermatology. The first exam was offered during the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) Convention in March 2008 and is scheduled to be held each three times each year.

The credential earned after passing the exam is Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP). Forty-seven nurse practitioners in dermatology have taken the exam, and 72% have earned certification. Eligibility requirements and application deadlines are available at www.dnanurse.org, click on “Certification.”

DCNP certification provides an added credential beyond the nurse practitioner license and demonstrates the NP has acquired specialized dermatology knowledge and adheres to practice standards.

“The DCNP credential recognizes the highest achievement for nurse practitioners specializing in dermatology nursing practice,” said DNCB President Melissa O’Neill, MS, APRN, DNC. “This new exam is one more way we, as dermatology nurses, can validate proficiency of practice and excellence in dermatology nursing.”

Those who wish to become certified must hold a current RN license, hold a current NP license and meet all eligibility requirements. The certification is valid for three years and recertification may be attained through contact hours of continuing nursing education credit or by examination. The fee for the exam is $275 for DNA Nurse Practitioner Society members and nurses who are Dermatology Nurse Certified (DNC), and $375 for those who are not DNA Nurse Practitioner Society members.

The next DCNP exam will be offered on October 11, 2008, at various cities around the country. For more information on the DCNP exam or to obtain an application, visit www.dnanurse.org, click on “Certification.” The DNCB National Office can be reached at 856-256-2330 or dncb@ajj.com. Applications should be mailed to DCNP Certification Program c/o C-NET, 601 Pavonia Avenue, Suite 201, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2008
Leza Raffel
(215) 884-6499
leza@comsolutionsgroup.com

Dermatology Nurses’ Association Has a New Home

MT. LAUREL, NJ. – The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is ringing in the New Year with a brand new headquarters and a new management company to help ensure it has a bright and successful future.

Beginning in January, Association Headquarters, an association management company with nearly three decades of experience, will take over management of DNA. This new strategic partnership will help DNA to achieve its goals of increasing visibility, enhancing the value of association meetings, expanding membership recruitment and development, and bringing more benefits to our members.

A leader in the association and society management industry since 1978, AH’s team of more than 100 association management experts is poised to bring more benefits, education and support to DNA members and to the general public. AH’s services include association management, convention management, public relations, government relations, creative services, Web site services, industry standardization/certification programs, and administrative support.

Victoria Elliott, a registered pharmacist with a Masters in Business Administration and a Certified Association Executive designation, who is also an experienced senior association management executive, will serve as DNA’s new Executive Director. Ms. Elliott has 10 years of experience as an executive director of medical and cause related associations which have included the Pennsylvania Society of Health System Pharmacists, the Society For Biomaterials, and the Attention Deficit Disorder Association. She is excited about supporting DNA in its mission to promote excellence in dermatologic care.

Once the transition is complete on January 1, 2008, DNA’s new contact information will be as follows:

Address: 15000 Commerce Parkway, Suite C, Mount Laurel, N.J., 08054

Phone: 800-454-4DNA (4362)
Fax: 856-439-0525
Email:dna@dnanurse.org

The Web site address, www.dnanurse.org, will stay the same.

About DNA: 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. For more information, visit www.dnanurse.org.
 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 1, 2008
Leza Raffel
(215) 884-6499
leza@comsolutionsgroup.com

26th Annual Dermatology Nurses Association Conference: the Conference of Champions
Dermatology Professionals to Convene in Las Vegas, March 25-28

MT. LAUREL, NJ. – Within health care, dermatology professionals play a critical role in providing quality care to their patients. When the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) hosts its Annual Conference in 2008, it will recognize the outstanding contribution dermatology professionals make to health care. The 26th Annual Dermatology Nurses Convention: Champions of Health Care, scheduled for March 25-28, 2008, at the Las Vegas Hilton, will salute dermatology professionals and offer them the latest information in the field of dermatology, a variety of learning formats and the profession’s best networking opportunities. This comprehensive meeting is intended for practitioners of all skill levels practicing in various settings. RNs, LPNs, medical assistants, nurse practitioners, office staff and administrative staff working in the field of dermatology will benefit from this meeting.

New for 2008
The DNA is proud of the revised format that has been instituted for the 26th Annual Convention. The changes have been implemented in response to member feedback and are designed to meet the diverse needs of our membership. In 2008, DNA is introducing a wider range of topics for dermatology staff at all levels, practical information that addresses strategies for incorporating nursing research into everyday practice, alternative teaching modalities, a record number of exhibitors, extended exhibit hall hours, and more nurse speakers than ever before!

Enhancing Your Dermatology Knowledge
The 26th Annual Convention agenda highlights a broad array of dermatology care issues. Dermatology professionals can delve into areas of interest in great detail by attending the Convention Specialty Tracks in Advanced Practice, Cosmetic General Dermatology, Lasers, Office Practice, Professional Practice, Research, Surgery and Technology. The Nurse Practitioners Society will also sponsor a two-day workshop for Nurse Practitioners.

To ensure that instruction is compatible with training, participants can choose courses by skill level. Sessions are tailored to beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioners. Those who attend can expect to use the information gained about diseases and disorders to improve patient care, understand the challenges and issues that impact patient care, and form lasting relationships with others in the field. For individuals interested in becoming a certified dermatology nurse, the certification exam will be held March 27.

For those who are eager to begin their education early, pre convention workshops have been organized around topics such as: Nursing Basics, Certification Review, Wound Care and Nurse Practitioners. These workshops are scheduled for March 25.

Plus, attendees who register for the pre-conference Dermatology Basics and Certification Review Course at the annual conference will receive a Dermatology Nursing Essentials text free!

“This is a great opportunity for those in the field to sharpen their skills. The DNA Annual Convention is one of the best investments dermatology professionals can make in their career,” said Susan Tofte, MS, RN, FNP-C, 2007-2008 DNA President.

Continuing education credits are available.

The Las Vegas Hilton
Conference attendees will stay at the Las Vegas Hilton, which is known for exceptional luxury, world-class entertainment and lavish service. Guests have access to the Hilton’s casino; the Hilton Theater; an eight-acre rooftop recreation deck; a heated outdoor pool, as well as a whirlpool, tennis courts, fitness center, and a walking track.

To register for the conference or tos receive more information, go to www.dnanurse.org
 

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