Phototherapy Workshop

In a special tribute to Joan Shelk, DNA Past President and the developer of our first workshops, a special phototherapy program has been developed. The Fundamentals of Phototherapy is an intensive one-day training for 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. Participants who complete this workshop in its entirety will be awarded 7.0 contact hours. Target Audience: RNs, NPs, LPNs and other healthcare professionals working with phototherapy.

The objectives of this activity:

  1. Identify photo responsive skin disorders, and desired outcomes of treatment.
  2. Describe grades and management of erythema and pruritus.
  3. Understand how Ultraviolet works. Differentiate Ultraviolet UVB from UVA, and protection against both. Understand differences in protocols for both.
  4. Recognize differences of internally and externally metered equipment. Identify types of lamps used in phototherapy.
  5. Describe ways to shield and appropriate shielding during phototherapy. Understanding why to shield during treatment.
  6. Describe what makes a successful phototherapy unit and some pitfalls. Share experiences and provide time for Q&A.


Megan Ferguson, ARNP
Kari Pardeik, BSN, RN


DNA is now taking private workshop requests. Please call the DNA National Office for fees. Fees include the workshop presentation (honorarium for trainer and travel expenses), program books, and nursing contact hour forms. If you have any questions about the specifics of the Phototherapy Workshop, or are interested in hosting this workshop, please contact the DNA National Office at 1-800-454-4362 or Requests for workshops need to be submitted to the DNA National Office 6 weeks prior to the desired workshop date. Payment must be received no later than 2 weeks prior to the scheduled workshop date. Thank you for your interest.

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The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.