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Introductions to Dermatology – What is a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner?

by in Dermatology, Health Tips, Skin Health April 19, 2021

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) role was first established in 1965. Since then, NPs have made numerous contributions to the care and well being of patients across all healthcare specialties. Franklin Dermatology Group currently has four Nurse Practitioners who specialize in medical and cosmetic dermatology. This field includes over 3,000 conditions involving the skin, hair, and nails. Together we are responsible for the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and management of these diseases. At Franklin Dermatology Group we look forward to caring for you. We hope you find this article helpful in getting to know us better.

What kind of training do dermatology nurse practitioner’s receive?

Most Dermatology Nurse Practitioners are seasoned nurses. They acquire dermatology knowledge under the instruction of board certified dermatologists until able to demonstrate proficiency in all dermatologic facets. Additionally they must comply with state mandates regarding continuing education credits. NP’s must have the following to practice:

  • Master’s or doctoral degree
  • State licensure
  • Accreditation by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Where can dermatology nurse practitioner’s work?

Dermatology NP’s can work in private practices (like Franklin Dermatology Group :-), academic settings, and specialty clinics.

What can a dermatology nurse practitioner do?

  • Independently provide direct patient care
  • Prescribe medication
  • Participate in research
  • Develop curriculum and educational programs
  • Write scholarly publications
  • Engage in healthcare policy

What types of procedures can a dermatology nurse practitioner perform?

  • Skin biopsies
  • Minor excisions and other skin cancer related procedures
  • Cryotherapy
  • Cautery
  • Extractions
  • Incisions and drainage
  • Administration of injectable fillers and botulinum toxin
  • Administration of injectable medications

Will I see the doctor after being evaluated by a nurse practitioner?

Not necessarily. Nurse practitioners may work independently. At Franklin Dermatology Group, nurse practitioners work along side of a supervising physician and when appropriate they will collaborate with that physician to diagnose and manage patient needs.

Do nurse practitioners provide high quality care?

Half a century of research demonstrates that NPs provide high-quality healthcare across the life span. Per the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, studies have shown that patients have fewer unnecessary hospital readmissions, fewer potentially preventable hospitalizations, and high patient satisfaction when under the care of an NP. 

If you have any questions about dermatology, skin care or any skin conditions or treatments, just drop us a line: 615-771-1881. We look forward to hearing from you.

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