Post Convention Special Interest Workshops are only available for in-person attendance. Online access is not available as an option.



8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Dermatology Nursing Essentials Workshop

The Dermatologic Nursing Essentials Course has been developed for the new or experienced dermatology care provider (NP, RN, LPN, MA, and Office Staff) to help them gain an overall understanding of the body’s largest organ, the integumentary system. Anatomy and physiology to common diseases and treatments encountered in dermatology are the focus. This course is also recommended for dermatology nurses who work in specialized dermatology practices, such as surgery or cosmetic dermatology, or who are reviewing for national certification in dermatology nursing. This expert faculty has authored chapters in the current DNA textbook, Dermatologic Nursing Essentials, A Core Curriculum, 3rd Edition.


Name the layers and appendages of the skin, which comprise the integumentary system.
List subjective and objective data, which are necessary for a comprehensive assessment of the skin.
Identify common dermatology disorders of the sebaceous, apocrine, and eccrine glands.
Distinguish between premalignant lesions, and malignant skin lesions by different growth patterns and clinical presentations.
Identify skin disorders that would be appropriate for phototherapy and desired outcomes.
List appropriate treatment modalities for infection, bites/stings and infestations.
Define several types of eczemas and their clinical presentations including atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis and nummular eczema.
Define the phases of wound healing and at least three factors that delay the wound healing process.

Jessica Simmons


7:45 AM – 5:00 PM

The Joan Shelk Fundamentals of Phototherapy Workshop

Sponsored by Daavlin

In a special tribute to Joan Shelk, DNA Past President and the developer of our first workshops, a special phototherapy program has been developed. The Fundamentals of Phototherapy is an intensive one-day training for those administering light therapy under a doctor’s supervision. This workshop covers psoriasis and other photo-responsive skin diseases: PUVA, narrow and broad band UVB therapy, equipment operation and metering, and other responsibilities associated with phototherapy administration. Participants who complete this workshop in its entirety will be awarded 7.0 – 7.5 ANCC contact hours. Target Audience: RNs, NPs, LPNs and other healthcare professionals working with phototherapy.


Describe the difference between internal and external metered equipment.
Identify the differences between UVB and UVA protocols.
Describe appropriate patients for each therapy.
Recognize and manage the major short and long-term side effects of phototherapy.
Describe the rationale for shielding and common shielding techniques; identify appropriate shielding materials that decrease or deter the effects of UVL.
Understand the importance of topicals in combination with phototherapy.
Describe documentation pitfalls.
Identify what makes a successful phototherapy unit.

Margaret Hirsch, BSN, RN, DNC
Angela Hamilton, APRN, DCNP
Megan Ferguson, ARNP, DCNP
Kari Pardiek, RN, DNC