Dermatology Nurses’ Association


Mission Statement:

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association is a professional nursing organization comprised of a diverse group of individuals committed to quality care through sharing knowledge and expertise.

Core Purpose:

To promote excellence in dermatological care.

Core Organizational Values:

  • Integrity: Evidenced by transparent decisions, honest actions and ethical behavior consistent with an abiding respect for the dignity and value of individuals.
  • Credibility: Evidenced by earned respect for empowering education, excellence in advocacy and quality resources that support growth and development of the individual and the profession.
  • Visionary Leadership: Evidenced by innovative programs and services continually focused on advancing the interests and meeting the needs of our patients and profession in a changing world.
  • Collaboration: Evidenced by an inclusive culture that appreciates the value of diverse perspectives, the power of common vision, and the satisfaction of equalitarian relationships among peers, mentors and friends.

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) was founded more than 40 years ago for the purpose of educating dermatology nurses and keeping their knowledge current so they can provide quality patient care in dermatology practice.

The DNA consists of over 1,600 members from all areas of dermatology: general practice, surgical, aesthetics and research, including private, group, and academic based practices. The DNA membership represents Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses, Medical Assistants, Office Managers, Surgical Technicians, Physicians, and others involved in the care of dermatology patients. Our primary goal is to provide educational programs via national, regional, and local settings as well as online programs designed for professionals working within the specialty of dermatology to enhance patient care.

We have review programs for RN and NP certification in the specialty of dermatology. Certification provides an added credential beyond licensure and demonstrates by examination that the Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge and adheres to specialized nursing standards. It assures consumer protection and confers peer and public recognition to those individuals who prove proficient in their practice. Certification speaks highly to patients about your practice environment.
Some of the great benefits of membership include access to DNA publications including the bimonthly Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (JDNA) and the online quarterly DNA Focus newsletter. Members gain access to our career center and website services. Registration discounts are applicable to members for the annual national convention, regional and local education programs. Opportunities exist for awards/grants and scholarships. Nurse members (RNs, NPs, LVNs, and LPNs) can vote in our annual national elections and hold national office.