The number of elderly in society is increasing as they live longer and the baby boomer generation ages. This constitutes a large group with dermatology health needs and who are significant consumers of the medical services. The impact on dermatology is significant in relation to existing skin problems and the desire to maintain a youthful appearance. These needs extend into all areas of dermatology nursing.

The DNA participated in the Nurse Competence in Aging (NCA) initiative and maintains this area of our Web site with information and resources for our members who are working with the older adult. More information available at: About Nurse Competence in Aging

According to the NCA web site, Nurse Competence in Aging is a “5-year initiative funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies (USA) Inc., awarded to the American Nurses Association (ANA) through the American Nurses Foundation (ANF), and represents a strategic alliance between ANA, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the John A. Hartford Foundation Institute for Geriatric Nursing, New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, Division of Nursing.”

“The need for a workforce prepared to deliver quality health care to the nation’s older adults has never been more critical as the number of Americans age 65 and older is projected to grow to more than 35 million to day to nearly 70 million in 2030. With older adults as the core business of healthcare, it is important to ensure healthcare professionals are skilled to care for older adults.”

NCA is looking to specialty nursing associations like the DNA to lead this initiative. “Specialty nurse associations are leaders in their field, providing best practice resources to members and ensuring nurses in their specialty have the needed tools for their profession. Often, nurse associations utilize their Web site to provide educational tools to members.” The NCA Web Fellow Project enables DNA to provide the knowledge & skills dermatology nurses need to care for older adults.

This area of the Web site contains information and links to information that relate to Gerontology and the Dermatology Nurse. Explore the links on the right to access these resources.