Presentation Title

ROLE EXPECTATIONS AND JOB FUNCTIONS OF DERMATOLOGY NURSES

Location

UPP 118

Format

Event

Start Date

12-2-2016 12:00 AM

Abstract

Objective. To identify the role expectations and job functions unique to the role of RNs and ARNPs specializing in the care of the dermatological patient. Background. Little is known about the role expectations and job functions of nurses working in dermatology practices. Methods. An online survey was designed to provide descriptive information to better understand and to compare the roles and job functions of RNs and ARNPs working in a dermatological setting in the State of Florida for a minimum of one year. The comparative design examined commonalities and differences between RNs (N = 8) and ARNPs (N = 34) in dermatology practices for a total of 42 participants. Results. After analysis, the data suggested that both RNs and ARNPs are not utilized to the full extent of their basic education even though additional job functions were required. The RNs may be working outside of their scope of practice and licensure. Although, both RNs and ARNPs considered becoming certified in dermatology, they did not feel that certification in dermatology was important to them. RNs cited working with a dermatologist as their primary source of education, while ARNPs acquired their primary knowledge from workshops, conferences, physicians, and industry training. Conclusion. Role expectations and job functions of RNs and ARNPs vary based on their level of education, scope of practice, and physician practice. Although certification in dermatology demonstrates to the consumer that they are receiving quality patient care, the majority of RNs and ARNPs are not certified in dermatology. Grants. none

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ROLE EXPECTATIONS AND JOB FUNCTIONS OF DERMATOLOGY NURSES

UPP 118

Objective. To identify the role expectations and job functions unique to the role of RNs and ARNPs specializing in the care of the dermatological patient. Background. Little is known about the role expectations and job functions of nurses working in dermatology practices. Methods. An online survey was designed to provide descriptive information to better understand and to compare the roles and job functions of RNs and ARNPs working in a dermatological setting in the State of Florida for a minimum of one year. The comparative design examined commonalities and differences between RNs (N = 8) and ARNPs (N = 34) in dermatology practices for a total of 42 participants. Results. After analysis, the data suggested that both RNs and ARNPs are not utilized to the full extent of their basic education even though additional job functions were required. The RNs may be working outside of their scope of practice and licensure. Although, both RNs and ARNPs considered becoming certified in dermatology, they did not feel that certification in dermatology was important to them. RNs cited working with a dermatologist as their primary source of education, while ARNPs acquired their primary knowledge from workshops, conferences, physicians, and industry training. Conclusion. Role expectations and job functions of RNs and ARNPs vary based on their level of education, scope of practice, and physician practice. Although certification in dermatology demonstrates to the consumer that they are receiving quality patient care, the majority of RNs and ARNPs are not certified in dermatology. Grants. none