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Dermatology Nurse


A dermatology nurse helps patients through the treatment of wounds, injuries, and diseases of the skin. They also perform skin cancer and post-plastic surgery treatments. Dermatology is a huge field, and because skin is an organ like the heart and kidneys, it requires specialized care.

Things You'll Do:

  • Screen for skin cancer
  • Perform chemical peels
  • Treat burn victims
  • Conduct research

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Research-oriented

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    LPN Certification, Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Work for a minimum of two years, getting 2,000 hours of experience in dermatology.
  • Pass Your
    Dermatology Certification Examination
  • Become a
    Certified Dermatology Nurse (DNC)

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  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Private practices
    • Hospital burn wards
    • Plastic surgeons’ offices

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • 22% more jobs for Registered Nurses from 2008-2018
    • A rising demand for Dermatology Nurses

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