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Dermatology Nurse Practitioner

Evaluate and treat patients' skin conditions.

What does a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner do?

Skin can help a person express emotion, cool off, and repel infection. It’s an important part of the human body, but most humans don’t take excellent care of their skin. They inject it with ink, subject it to the blazing sun, scour it with harsh cleaners, or slather it with pancake makeup.

As a result, many people need serious skin assistance. A Dermatology Nurse Practitioner can provide this help.

In some states, a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner can tackle all of the tasks usually assigned to a Dermatologist. In other states, a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner much check in with a Dermatologist or a Doctor before prescribing medications or performing some procedures.

When you’re a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner, patients come to see you for a variety of reasons. Teens may be dotted with pimples, for example, and you demonstrate how they can properly cleanse and moisturize to resolve the problem.

Older people may visit you with suspicious moles or strange discolorations, and you may take small snippets of this tissue and send them to a laboratory for further testing. If these tests indicate cancer, you send your patient to a Surgeon for further treatments.

After each visit, you write careful notes about what you found and the treatments you provided. If your patients were referred by their Doctors, you organize your notes in formal letters to these medical professionals, just to keep them informed.

You might also work in a hospital, providing treatments to people with severe burns. Here, you carefully clean the skin and apply salves to ease pain. If your patients are uncomfortable or in pain, you prescribe medications to soothe them.