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The National Academy of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP) has reviewed the announcement of the American Academy of Dermatology's (AAD) DermCare Team program. We do not support this initiative, which requires the direct supervision of NPs in order to belong to the "DermCare Team." This restriction of dermatology NPs' practice comes without any formal research or statistics that support ...

April 15, 2015 9:16 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Okay new grads, let's talk about references.  If you are graduating soon and looking for your first job you are probably wondering who you should choose to be your references. 

Who makes the best references?

In order to choose the persons who will provide the best reference we must first understand ...

April 14, 2015 11:42 AM by Nora Phillips of NP & PA Student Blog

Welcome to my inaugural post as a blogger! I am excited to document and share my past and future experiences as a budding nurse practitioner. First things first, I will introduce myself. Ten years ago, I would have first announced that I was a pre-medical student with big ...

April 14, 2015 11:18 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Over the last decade we have seen a tremendous growth in the development of non-invasive, non-surgical devices that promote skin tightening. The latest addition to our armamentarium of rejuvenation includes the ThermiSmooth procedure, which utilizes external radiofrequency energy for gentle, precise epidermal heating. It's the ...

April 7, 2015 12:05 PM by Fawn Workman of First Year NP

A lot has happened since my last blog entry. I've been on several interviews from the ocean to the hills, rural to bustling cities. Recruiters have ranged from being fantastic to unprofessional. Interviews: some have been like root canals and some really were fun! I've had some interviewers that were very easy to talk with and I could easily imagine myself working alongside them in collaboration. And I've had some ...

April 1, 2015 9:32 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Did you know that an alarming number of new graduates will be looking for a different job before they have finished one year at their first job? 

Your first job after graduation ought to be a positive experience and not have you out combing the job ads for something better. There are a number of reasons new grads become dissatisfied and unhappy with their first position. I would like to offer you a few suggestions ...

March 31, 2015 9:29 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Laser skin treatments goes beyond rejuvenation, photoaging and wrinkles. Lasers can play an important role in scar revision. Scars can form anywhere on the body as a result of trauma, burns, surgery, cystic acne or some genetic predisposition such as spontaneous keloid formation. 

Until the development of Fractional CO2, we were limited to pulse dye lasers to treat vascular and/or pigmented lesions or a variety ...

March 27, 2015 12:06 PM by Michelle Perron of ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog

 ADVANCE for NPs & PAs is searching for bloggers to write on a variety of topics! If you or someone you know likes to write, is able to work well under deadlines, and has creative ideas, consider joining our community.

We are currently looking for nurse practitioners and physician assistants to contribute to the ...

March 23, 2015 11:52 AM by Debra Shelby of Dermatology Practice Today

NADNP 4th Annual Dermatology Conference: May 12-16, 2015, Clearwater Beach, Florida

NADNP would like to announce NP and PA scholarships for $100 main conference registration fees and free memberships! We also have volunteer opportunities for a waived main conference registration.

Contact us on our ...

March 18, 2015 8:36 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

It's spring! And that means one thing - New Grads. I am going to devote my next few blogs to the graduating class of 2015. 

First, let's talk about communicating experience on your resume. New Grads have 2 common misconceptions.

Until I have my first NP or PA job I have no experience. 

If you believe this you are selling yourself and your skills short. Your clinical ...

March 17, 2015 7:49 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Women wear earrings over many decades. Various sizes, shapes and colors are coordinated with trends in fashionable wear throughout the seasons. When heavy earrings are worn repeatedly for long periods of time, the weight of the earrings can distort and elongate the opening of the pierced lobe. An obvious tear of the lobe may prompt a patient to seek treatment to repair the tear, but most are not aware of other ways ...

March 17, 2015 7:39 AM by Sean Goddard of NP & PA Student Blog

I have had a busy week on the computer. Not because I have been studying hard, but instead working hard to try to help pay for school. Recently scholarships have opened up for application and I have been busy chasing the dream of someone helping me with this mounting debt we call education. Even to be considered is no simple process. The hurdles we must overcome can be massive. Just to have my school fill out two pieces ...

March 4, 2015 1:46 PM by Sean Goddard of NP & PA Student Blog

My first two blogs tackled, what I felt, were some pretty big issues facing nurse practitioner students. I thought I would take a step away and talk about something lighter in nature. As nurses, students, and future NP's we are faced with stress from multiple areas. This doesn't include personal commitment's such as spouse's, significant others, children, bills, the list goes on. As a divorced father of two children ...

March 4, 2015 8:32 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

Resumes come in a variety of styles. If you are a new graduate or a seasoned NP/PA about to embark on a job search trying to figure out what resume style is appropriate can be extremely frustrating. Your resume is your first contact with a potential employer and you want to get it right. No one has ever been offered a job based on a resume alone; however, there are plenty of applicants who were passed over because of ...

March 3, 2015 10:26 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

There is more pressure today for men to look fashionable, fit and well groomed. Male grooming products in the beauty industry are fast growing. Men are more concerned with their appearance and spending more time and money on themselves than ever before. Photos in the social media world have added to this pressure for males.

There are an increasing number of males seeking noninvasive and minimally invasive ...

February 19, 2015 8:38 AM by Debra Shelby of Dermatology Practice Today

Advanced Dermatology Work Ups Part II

I'm happy to report that the disease on the initial site (right forearm) completely resolved in 5 days. However, a second episode of bullae presented on right lower back within 7 days of initial  treatment. We were finally able to get biopsy consent from the family and tissue was sent for H&E and DIF.

The results are in! So what do you ...

February 18, 2015 8:40 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

As nurse practitioners, we have been enjoying a pretty strong market. Jobs have been relatively plentiful and compensation has been steadily increasing despite a rather slow economic recovery. Many states have removed or are in the process of removing barriers to our practice. We are gaining visibility in the media. Our jobs are rated year after year as being highly desirable. In general, we are in a good place as a ...

February 17, 2015 1:39 PM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Acne, the most common skin condition, can result in acne scars, in up to 95% of those who get acne. This disfiguring skin condition can be devastating and affect self-esteem and self-confidence. Just a few weeks ago, for the first time in history the FDA has approved a tissue filler for treatment of acne scars. BellaFill, formerly Artefill, provides long-lasting scar correction.  

Acne scars may present in ...

February 17, 2015 1:28 PM by Sean Goddard of NP & PA Student Blog

I am bogged downed and overwhelmed with nursing theorists right now. The desire to read nothing further about Florence, Watson, or any other of the long lists of theorists grows stronger everyday with me. Here I sit writing a long paper about applying the four metaparadigms to nursing practice, nursing concepts, and how to apply theory to my nursing practice.  Does this system really expect me to remember all these ...

February 11, 2015 1:09 PM by Keischa Cash of DNP Discussions

I have been enjoying going to work these days. That's a feeling I haven't felt in a while. Training these last 4 months was even more amusing than my last job. I had begun to think the only thing I was ever going to treat was URIs, back pain, and diabetes. Don't get me wrong, treating these ailments is important, but they don't excite me and I think I lost interest in primary care some time ago, I just don't know ...

February 4, 2015 8:04 AM by Renee Dahring of Career Coach

The old saying about not getting a second chance to make a first impression is absolutely true.  They say a person forms their opinion of you within the first 10 minutes of meeting you. If you want that opinion to be positive when you are going for an interview then you need to know what not to do to spoil your chances.   

Here are 5 interview fails that will leave a bad impression. 

  • 1. ...

February 3, 2015 8:32 AM by Mina Grasso of Aesthetics Practice Today

Power Plate works using vibration technology where energy is transferred from the vibrating platform to the body. This mechanical stimulus produces a stretch reflex which, depending on the selected frequency, results in muscles vigorously contracting 30 to 60 times per second. Each vibration set is performed no longer than 30, 45, or 60 seconds in length.

Power Plate exercises increase the production ...

February 3, 2015 8:13 AM by Sean Goddard of NP & PA Student Blog

I sit here tonight staring at my computer wondering how to start talking to a potentially large group of people who are going through the same thing I am. I am just finishing my first class as a Family Nurse Practitioner student. Is my IQ higher? Do I feel smarter? Am I ready to take on the world of primary care? The answer to all these I am sure is NO! I just spent my first class writing papers about the difference ...

February 2, 2015 5:08 PM by Fawn Workman of First Year NP

I'm currently taking a break from writing my thank you cards for four interviews this week. I interviewed the practices as much as they interviewed me; I intend to find the right place for me, where I am able to enjoy my daily work and grow as a professional.

The problem is, I had a good experience at many of my recent interviews, and I am looking forward to those coming up next week. The positions range from ...



The ADVANCE for NPs & PAs blog offers analysis of and links to NP and PA professional issues and current healthcare events.

If you're looking for your dream job or just want to know what's out there for NPs today, start here with the expert advice of nurse practitioners who specialize in placing NPs in good jobs.

DNPs and DNP students will share their experience with the doctor of nursing practice.

What are the latest trends in aesthetics? Our bloggers share their insight and experiences in this growing specialty.

Interested in dermatology or challenged by skin presentations in your practice setting? Dermatology Practice Today examines issues in skin care and skin disease.

NP and PA students have a clear voice here. Find out what your student colleagues are experiencing in their programs. Feel free to post comments and questions to add to the discussions.

This new NP will share the ups and downs of her first year in practice.

Share the excitement and nerves of the first year on the job with this new physician assistant.

NADNP serves as a resource and supports all NPs with an interest in dermatology.