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Set out on the Pathway to Change with DNA
Dermatology Nurses to Convene in Boston, July 31-August 2

BOSTON, Mass., – Within health care, dermatology nursing professionals play a critical role in providing quality care to their patients. When the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) hosts its Annual Summer Meeting in 2009, dermatology nurses will have the opportunity to learn more about some of the hottest topics in dermatology.

DNA’s 5th Annual Summer Meeting: On the Pathway to Change, scheduled for July 31 to August 2 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, will offer dermatology nursing professionals the latest information in the field, a variety of learning formats and the profession’s best networking opportunities. This comprehensive meeting provides one hour of nursing contact hours for every hour of educational time for a total of 16.5 contact hours.

DNA President Marianne Tawa, MSN, RN, ANP, said DNA’s Summer Meeting will address critical issues facing dermatology nurses today, including emerging technology in fast-paced work environments which provide challenges for delivering and receiving education.

New for 2009
The DNA’s Summer Meeting features a merger of intensive study within workshops, offering both full-day and half-day sessions on phototherapy, cosmetic/digital photography and mole mapping/dressings. Attendees will have exposure to key thought leaders during concurrent sessions with topics linking the dermatology nurse to oncology, immunology, pharmacology, complex medical, pathology, pediatric and infectious disease content.

In addition, the DNA is proud to offer the Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam Review Course, which provides more than 10 contact hours and is ideal for the NP planning to take the dermatology nursing certification exam. Topics include neoplasms, pediatric dermatology, urticarias, erythemas, photo sensitivities, and purpuras, vesiculobullous, autoimmune, and connective tissue diseases, papulosquamous and atopic dermatitis.

Who should attend?
DNA’s Summer Meeting is intended for practitioners of all skill levels, including registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses and other healthcare providers and staff who care for patients with dermatologic disorders.

Enhancing Your Dermatology Knowledge
The 5th Annual Summer Meeting agenda highlights a broad array of dermatology care issues. The variety of concurrent sessions available during the Summer Meeting provide a number of hot topics sure to meet the needs of many dermatology nursing professionals. The DNA will be offering educational sessions on:

  • Angiogenesis therapy and skin cancer
  • Complex medical issues in highrisk dermatology patients and innovative therapies
  • Infectious disease in the general dermatology setting
  • Immunological skin diseases/multidisciplinary disease approach
  • Dermatology emergencies
  • Systemic manifestations and pharmacological interventions
  • Ethnic skin
  • What’s new in phototherapy
  • Common pediatric dermatological complaints and related management strategies
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Hair disorders

"DNA’s summer meeting offers thoughtful, timely and clinically adaptable education in an architecturally diverse, culturally rich, sport-spirited, culinary satisfying venue," Tawa said. "The summer meeting in Boston is historic as this is the first time the city has hosted DNA. Our meeting curriculum and design is fresh."

The Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
Summer Meeting attendees will stay at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, a contemporary and sophisticated new hotel stylishly reflecting the surrounding vibrancy of Boston Harbor and the ocean. The hotel is one block from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and within walking distance of Boston’s many historic sites and museums. Boston’s Back Bay and Logan International Airport are minutes away.

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

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. Members include nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical and vocational nurses, medical assistants and others associated with dermatology nursing. DNA offers education and training in fundamental and cutting-edge dermatology care and treatment through its annual convention, certification training courses and expert workshops. The DNA Newsletter and official journal, the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association, extends the DNA’s informational and educational presence with association and practice news, learner-paced continuing education and timely resources.