A dermatology advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) is expected to be the second in command at any dermatology practice or service. You are expected to operate independently, whether that is seeing patients in an outpatient setting or covering calls in a hospital setting. You will be required to see patients by yourself, make clinical decisions, and sign off on any treatments that you may be prescribing. The attending dermatologist will be available for supervision but will not be involved in your day to day practice.
A strong dermatologic background is required. You should have a breadth of knowledge in the field, and experience is highly preferred. You must have a current professional license to practice as an advanced registered nurse practitioner. You must also be certified in basic life support. You must also have experience working with electronic medical records, in order to correctly document your practice.
If working in an office setting, you will work normal business hours. You will not be required to come in on the weekend or be on call at home. If you are working in a hospital setting, you will be required to hold clinic on various days and cover the hospital for consults at certain times. These times may include nights or weekends. Being a dermatology advanced registered nurse practitioner is a highly skilled position, and employers look for highly trained nurses with a specific skill set.
Dermatology Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Tasks
Order and interpret test results and recommend treatment of patients.
Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment and counsel patients.
Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
Administer therapeutic procedures.
Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.