The first step in becoming a dermatology nurse is actually the first step to becoming any kind of nurse. You must get accepted into either a two-year or a four-year college and begin your nursing major.
The nursing major includes classes such as anatomy and human development but most colleges also have you take general education courses such as math and english. This is to give you a better overall education and to make certain you are well-rounded. Once you complete your degree, you will then take the NCLEX exam, or the National Council Licensure Examination, in order to get your nursing license. This exam is created for nurses only, so the questions are specific to the classes you took when getting your degree. Assuming you pass this exam, you are done with tests for awhile!
Now that you are a licensed, registered nurse, it is time to become a specific dermatology nurse. You must work for approximately two years in a dermatology related work environment. This could range from a dermatologist's office or a hospital. This is the most important step in becoming a dermatology nurse. During school, you learned general nursing information but during this work experience, you are learning skills that you will need to utilize every day once you become a dermatology nurse. You will likely be doing jobs such as examining patient's skin, laser treatments, file keeping, and even doing inventory. Even though it may not seem like it, all of these jobs are extremely vital and important to keeping a doctor's office running smoothly every single day. Since you are not yet a certified dermatology nurse, it is possible that most jobs you are assigned will be small, minor jobs.
After you have completed your two years work experience (this must be 2,000 hours of work), you will move on to the final step in becoming a dermatology nurse. You will take the DNC or the dermatology nurse certified exam. Once you pass this exam, you will finally have reached your goal! However, your education doesn't end there. You have to be certified once every three years and the re-certification process also requires hours of workshops and other classes created to further your knowledge and education. The reason you must be certified every three years is simple. As technology changes and advances, so do the products and methods you use. Therefore it is important to learn as much as you can about the new advancements made in your field of dermatology. The Dermatology Nurses Association will help keep you informed about the workshops and the classes that you may be required to complete. You can take some of these courses through online nursing continuing education programs. Once you have the basics learned, however, passing the recertification exam will be a breeze for you!