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NADNP 2nd Annual Conference

Published May 23, 2013 3:40 PM by Raymond Shulstad
I have been fortunate enough to have spent the last week at the 2nd annual National Association of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (NADNP) conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla. It has been personally rewarding to see all the hard work over the last year pay off as the conference has been a huge success. Professionally, it has been wonderful to see the mixture of dermatology specialists and primary care providers who have come to expand on their current knowledge base or begin to explore the specialty I love.

Many times during the conference, after my lectures, attendees approached me and asked how they can learn more or what resources would be good for them to get. I want to take this time to encourage every practitioner to get a good, basic dermatology book to reference in their office. Text books that I recommend for students I mentor include: Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology, Clinical Dermatology by Thomas Habif, and Fitzpatrick's color atlas and synopsis of Clinical Dermatology.

Additionally, reach out in the community and talk to local dermatologists or dermatology specialists to consult when needed and refer to when applicable. Also, if you are sending biopsies off for pathology, make sure a dermatopathologist is reading your samples. If they are not, find one. 

The most important thing you can do is take the time to read the articles in ADVANCE for NPs & PAs that reference dermatology. May's issue spotlighted dermatological conditions and included a profile of my good friend, colleague and mentor Dr. Debra Shelby who is the president of the NADNP.  You can view a webinar Dr. Shelby presented on dermatology here.

You should also attend a dermatology conference or ask local dermatology specialists if they will allow you to shadow for a few days. Seeing things in texts and trying to match pictures to patients is suboptimal, but from what I heard, routine practice. Meetings will have some basic lectures concerning dermatological conditions and therapies that will enhance your practice. 

In short, utilize the resources that are available to you. They are there for the choosing and readily available. Most, if not all of us received very little training in dermatology while in school. As professionals it is our responsibility to attain the knowledge needed to care for our patients. It is there for the taking, so take it.

posted by Raymond Shulstad

1 comments

What is the Derm Book you prefer to use as reference

Kay Thrash, FP - CRNP, Private Practice June 3, 2013 9:25 AM
Huntsville AL

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