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NP Society

Identity Statement

The Nurse Practitioner Society of the DNA is a component of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association comprised of nurse practitioners practicing in the dermatology specialty.


Promote excellence in dermatologic care by providing education, networking and support for nurse practitioners in dermatology.

Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology

One of the goals of the Nurse Practitioner Society of the DNA is to promote the dermatology nurse practitioner. This poster was developed as a method to educate the public on the roles, education and skills of the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner. Please post and share for others to view and use. Please click on the image at the right to download the Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology poster.

Position Statement

Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology:

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.

The core purpose of the DNA is to promote excellence in dermatological care. (https://www.dnanurse.org)

As a sector of the DNA, the Nurse Practitioner Society (NPS), shares this common purpose. The NPS supports the nurse practitioner practicing in dermatology by providing evidence-based educational resources, professional networking opportunities, leadership opportunities, and by setting standards of practice in order to provide our patients with quality dermatological care. We accept as true that the dermatology nurse practitioner must demonstrate integrity in actions and behaviors, a steadfast respect for the unique needs of those we serve and act as leaders in advancing our profession and the well-being of our patients. We believe that the 150-year history of professional nursing and the ongoing evolution of the advanced practice nurse role, have developed a unique and valuable set of skills that have a role in dermatology. This role will continue to evolve; requiring dermatology nurse practitioners, and organizations that support them, to recognize the value of diversity, the strength of a common vision and the importance of collaboration.

The dermatology nurse practitioner is licensed in the state(s) where they practice as an advanced practice nurse and has attained specialized skills in dermatology. The dermatology nurse practitioner practices in accordance with applicable state practice acts or compacts. The dermatology nurse practitioner may work in collaboration with other health care professionals to assess, diagnose and manage a patient’s health care needs1. This management of health care needs places emphasis on making the patient an integral part of the decision-making process, taking into consideration their cultural traditions, their personal preferences and values, their family situations, and their lifestyles2. Nurse practitioners in dermatology should strive to attain certification in dermatology by successfully fulfilling the educational, practice, and written examination requirements such as those put forth by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB).

The overriding objective in attaining, maintaining and advancing these skills, and obtaining certification will be recognition as respected providers of dermatological care in accordance with their training, education and scope of practice (that may differ widely based on state of practice).

1American Association of Nurse Practitioners. (2015) Scope of Practice for Nurse Practitioners. Retrieved at https://www.aanp.org/images/documents/publications/scopeofpractice.pdf

2Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA: National Academies Press; 2001.

NP Society Links

NP Society Mailing List Rental

The NP Society of the DNA makes its mailing list available for rental to companies. Certain qualifications and restrictions apply. Contact the DNA National Office via at dna@dnanurse.org or Contact Us Online for more information.

The Dermatology NP Coalition has been working since 2016 to improve the integrity of our profession and to reach our ultimate goal of accrediting our DCNP exam through the American Board of Nursing Specialties.

The following links are provided for your convenience revealing the published work of the Dermatology NP Coalition:




Scope of Practice and Standards of Care

The 3rd Edition of Dermatology Nursing Scope of Practice and Standards of Care is the authoritative statement of competent level of nursing practice for both the dermatology registered nurse and advanced practice registered nurse.  Scope of Practice defines who the dermatology nurse is along with what we do, when, why, and how we provide nursing care.  The Standards of Care delineated accountable dermatology nursing professional responsibilities.


Goal 1 – Education
The Nurse Practitioner Society of the DNA will develop, provide and support educational offerings to increase the competency of NPs caring for the dermatologic patient.


  1. Provide CE activities at the annual convention and other venues.
  2. Develop and maintain a Dermatology Nursing Certification review course with online capabilities.
  3. To continuously support and evaluate the professional development needs of dermatology nurse practitioners and seek to meet those needs as they evolve.

Goal 2 – Image
Members of the Nurse Practitioner Society of the DNA will be recognized and respected as providers with an expertise in dermatology.


  1. Increase the visibility of NPs in dermatology to other NPs, PAs, physicians, industry and the public.
  2. Create new partnerships, coalitions and alliances with other nationally respected organizations.
  3. Encourage members to become dermatology certified.

Goal 3 – Membership
The Nurse Practitioner Society of the DNA will be a community of nurse practitioners caring for the dermatologic patient.


  1. Increase membership through marketing the Society.
  2. Promote the benefits of membership.
  3. Provide methods for members’ engagement throughout the year.