Laser dermatology advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) are responsible for providing nursing capabilities during dermatology laser procedures, collecting medical histories, interacting with patients to develop strong business relationships, conducting medical exams to facilitate planning for upcoming treatments, and handling diagnoses and treatment options.
Strong interpersonal skills are important in this position in order to facilitate communication between specialists and patients and provide technical and procedural information to patients and their families. These practitioners perform a variety of dermatology procedures, including biopsies and skin therapy, and also prescribe medications as needed. They must always follow strict safety and privacy guidelines to prevent accidents on the job and maintain accurate patient data for future reference. Some may participate in quality assurance meetings to suggest ways to improve efficiency and service quality or serve as patient-advocates by following-up on recovery after services have been applied. They also interact and exchange information with health and dermatology specialists and report their progress to the laser dermatology services supervisor in their area.
Those in this position must be proficient with personal computers to record medical data and evaluate care to measure success in reaching health outcomes. A bachelor's degree in dermatology nursing and advanced laser certifications may be required for this position, and prior work experience in a nursing capacity is highly beneficial. Laser and other advanced dermatology certifications are also helpful.
Laser 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.