How to Become a Dermatology Nurse

How to Become a Dermatology Nurse – Overview

A dermatology nurse specializes in treating and caring for various skin diseases and disorders. They work in various settings, such as dermatology clinics, multispecialty hospitals and with plastic surgeons.

Dermatology nurses provide medical care to patients with various skin conditions.

As a dermatology nurse, you may care for people with burn wounds, skin cancer, acne, psoriasis, and other skin problems.

These nurses often choose to specialize in cosmetic dermatology, though it is not a requirement. They often have to perform several basic skin treatments, such as chemical peels or laser Dermabrasion.

How Do I Become a Dermatology Nurse

You will need to complete an associate’s degree in nursing or acquire a bachelor of science degree in nursing. After this, you will have to pass the mandatory NCLEX-RN licensing exam.

If you are an RN and want to become a dermatology nurse, you should choose to work in a dermatology department for at least 2 years.

Next, you may choose to earn a Dermatology Nurse Certification through the Dermatology Nurses’ Association, though this is not universally required. The Dermatology Nurses’ Association organizes this.

These certifications and qualifications are commonly pursued by those looking to strengthen their expertise as a dermatology nurse in the US:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) equivalent educational qualification with an active RN license along with a Dermatology Nurse Certification
  • Previous nursing experience in dermatology/aesthetic/cosmetic specialty department or clinic
  • Noticeable interpersonal communication skills to work with patients regularly
  • Passion for attention to detail while performing skin examinations and keeping complete detailed records of patient’s test results and medical history

To work as a dermatology nurse, you must obtain an active RN license, which can be achieved after earning either a BSN or an ADN. In general, advanced degrees are not mandatory to become a dermatology nurse.

However, if you wish to become a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner (DNP), you must acquire a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.

Additionally, with an active RN license, you can obtain the Dermatology Nursing Certification from the Dermatology Nurses’ Association.

What are the Credentials and Certifications required for a Dermatology Nurse

Being a registered nurse (RN) is mandatory if you want to be a dermatology nurse.

Some employers prefer candidates with the Dermatology Nursing Certification from the Dermatology Nurses’ Association. This gives you an added edge when appearing for a job vacancy.

To be eligible for this certification, you must have an active RN license, a minimum of 2 years of experience, and at least 2,000 hours of practice in a dermatology setting.

What is the Career Scope for a Dermatology Nurse

Becoming a certified dermatology nurse opens up several different fruitful avenues. Some of the top areas for you to choose your career in include:

  • Plastic surgeon’s office
  • Dermatology practices
  • Private skin care clinics
  • Burn wards in hospitals

What Does a Dermatology Nurse Do

A dermatology nurse must assist in diagnosing and treating various skin disorders and injuries. These may include treating psoriasis, acne, burns, scars, impetigo, warts, rosacea, etc.

See Also

How to Become a Dermatologist Assistant?

Dermatology nurses also help skin specialists perform skin examinations and assess patients’ conditions. They are also responsible for recording the patient’s medical history and evaluating their lab results.

Dermatology nurses often provide pre and post-operative care after a patient undergoes treatment or surgery.

Ideal dermatology nurses are excellent patient educators. They should be able to easily explain the condition, its treatment options, the risk of complications, and other aspects to the patient and their caregiver.

A dermatology nurse, particularly those with certifications in dermatology nursing, often handles cosmetic treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser treatments.

More specifically, a dermatology nurse has to:

  • Assist dermatologists in performing skin tests, record patient’s medical history and interpret lab results
  • Explain pre and post-operative methods of care to patients and caregivers after treatment or surgery
  • Perform numerous cosmetic treatments, such as using a laser or chemical peels.
  • Evaluate, monitor and treat skin wounds, such as burns
  • Educate patients on ways to protect skin and care for skin conditions at home

What is the Average Salary for a Dermatology Nurse

As a dermatology nurse, you can expect an average annual salary of up to $91,000. The exact salary depends on various factors, such as location, length of career, and level of experience.

Dermatology is a truly immense field. It serves a wide range of patient populations and can treat various skin conditions, making it an incredibly fruitful career choice for most.

See Also

Types of Nurses

Does Medicaid Cover Dermatology

Best Dermatology Schools

Nurse Practitioner Salary

Malpractice Insurance for Nurses

Current Version
April 11, 2024
Updated By
Tim Bevelacqua, MN, RN
September 17, 2023
Updated By
Andrea Morales G.

Follow us