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Dermatology Education & Practice from NADNP

NADNP Releases Position Statement

Published April 20, 2015 3:28 PM by Debra Shelby

AAD Board Members:

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 their statements and initiative. NADNP would like to ask the AAD Board to review the American Association of Nurse Practitioner's position statement: "Quality of Nurse Practitioner Care" located on the AANP's website: This link will provide AAD with research demonstrating the positive impact and contributions of NP care.

To restrict the scope of practice within one specialty demonstrates an unfair and an unrealistic approach to any healthcare "team." While NADNP is in favor of a dermatologist being a leader of a dermatology team, NADNP does not support the restriction of practice or trade of any non-physician provider.

This initiative negatively affects our profession and practice. The reality is that in today's healthcare crisis, dermatologists need NPs and PAs to survive just as much as NPs and PAs need dermatologists. It is evident in the multiple advertisement requests for job applications by dermatologists seeking help from NPs and PAs. It is a mutually beneficial relationship. We are opposed to making NPs "attest" to something that restricts our practice.

For years, NPs and PAs have practiced safely within their legally defined practice act. The AAD has never reached out to the NADNP in any manner to discuss developing true standards of practice that will ensure patient safety. As the only national dermatology NP organization with almost 2,000 members, AAD has not included NADNP in any discussions on a "team" initiative.

If the AAD attestation involves a collaborative practice statement that supports the current scope of practice for NPs, then NADNP would be willing to discuss the promotion of this initiative. NADNP would also like to refer AAD to AANP's position statement: "Nurse Practitioners and Team Based Care" as a reference for our expectation regarding this issue. It is the hope of the NADNP's Board Members, that one day we can all unite and truly respect each other's position on dermatology practice and education. We welcome any dialogue with AAD on this matter.

Respectfully Submitted on Behalf of NADNP Board Members,

Debra Shelby, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, DNC

President, NADNP


The Coalition for Patients’ Rights supports Debra’s call for nurse practitioners and other qualified, licensed providers to be allowed to practice without unnecessary and inappropriate restrictions. Research has shown that medical professionals who are not MDs or DOs deliver quality care that leads to good outcomes, often with more time and attention given to the patient and at lower cost to the health system.

It’s important to fully leverage skilled health care professionals, such as advanced practice nurses, chiropractors, nutritionists, midwives and many others, as our health system adapts to meet patient needs.  

Best regards,

Alec Stone, MA, MPA

Health Policy Director

Oncology Nursing Society

Alec Stone, Oncology Nursing - Health Policy Director, Oncology Nursing Society April 22, 2015 10:33 AM
Pittsburgh PA

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