Dermatology Nurse Practitioner: Salary & Job Description

A career as a dermatology nurse practitioner involves working with patients suffering from various skin conditions. Research the educational requirements, median salary, and job outlook for this healthcare career.

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Career Definition of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners

As a dermatology nurse practitioner, you will work with patients with skin, nail, or hair issues. You will see a range of issues, including psoriasis, cutaneous lymphoma, and acne, and you'll typically consult with dermatologists, surgeons, or other medical professionals. You could work in a hospital, physician's office, or clinic.

Your primary job duty as a dermatology nurse practitioner will be to conduct thorough patient evaluations. This will involve obtaining a full medical history from patients, including what medications they take, performing a physical examination, and ordering any necessary tests and analyzing the results. You will then develop a diagnosis based on your evaluation and develop a treatment plan. Other job duties may include administering treatments like wound suturing or injections, prescribing medications, instructing patients and their support system on proper care for their condition, and responding to patient telephone calls. You could also be tasked with developing and employing methods to improve both compliance and patient care.

Educational Requirements Master's degree
Job Skills Empathy, excellent communication skills, and ability to collaborate
Median Salary (March 2018)* $93,316
Job Outlook (2016-2026)** 36% (all nurse practitioners)

Sources: *PayScale.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Required Education

Prior to entering a nurse practitioner training program, you will need to become a registered nurse, which involves passing a national exam and meeting state requirements. A master's degree is required to work as a dermatology nurse practitioner. You will receive classroom training in areas like physiology, anatomy and nursing care and also have the opportunity to complete clinical rotations. To work as a nurse practitioner, some states require that you obtain national board certification through an accredited organization.

Required Skills

As a dermatology nurse practitioner, you should have a strong sense of empathy to deal with patients, some of whom may have painful or serious skin conditions. In addition, you should also have excellent communication skills in order to address patient concerns and explain treatments and follow-up care. You will also need an ability to collaborate with doctors and other nurses on treatment plans and to ensure patients received streamlined care.

Career Outlook and Salary

A dermatology nurse practitioner would fall under the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) category of 'nurse midwives, nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners.' The BLS reports this category has an estimated job growth of 31% during 2016-2016, which is much faster than the average for all categories. The outlook specifically for nurse practitioners is estimated to be even higher at 36% during the same time period. This strong job growth stems from patients pursuing preventive healthcare services, as well as senior citizens needing more healthcare services. Dermatology nurse practitioners make a median annual salary of $93,316, according to PayScale data from March 2018.

Related Careers

If a healthcare career interests you, then you might want to consider working as a dermatology technician or another kind of advanced practice nurse. If you have a particular interest in helping skin look its best, becoming a skin care technician could be a possible career path. These related options are highlighted below.

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