NADNP 2nd Annual Conference
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
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.