About DNA


The Dermatology Nurses’ Association is a professional nursing organization comprised of a diverse group of individuals committed to quality care through sharing knowledge and expertise. The core purpose of the DNA is to promote excellence in dermatologic care.

Convention Goals & Objectives

  1. Provide educational programs based on evidence-based practice as determined by feedback from previous conventions, educational needs assessments, and current literature review to meet the educational needs of members
  2. Provide core workshop opportunities to meet the specific needs of special interest groups
  3. Provide an avenue for networking and socialization to enhance professional growth of members
  4. Promote interest in dermatology-related fields, including safety, ethics, research, clinical testing, publishing, office management, and advocacy to advance the field

The target audience is registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurse, medical assistants, and other healthcare providers and staff who care for patients with dermatological disorders.


In 1978, an informal meeting was held to discuss concerns and questions and to seek avenues for further education for dermatologic nursing. This meeting lead to increased attendance the next year and finally to the first educational program in 1980. In 1981 nurses from all areas of dermatologic practice met to explore the possibility of forming a professional association of nurses working in the dermatology field. The first official annual convention of DNA was held in 1982. In 1983 the first elected slate of officers was installed. The DNA has grown to over 2,000 members with 19 local chapters. The first issue of DNA’s first journal, Dermatology Nursing, was published in 1989. The newsletter, DNA Focus, a highly informative quarterly publication has continued to develop in response to the members’ needs. The NP Society of the DNA was established in 2005-06 to meet the needs of DNA's growing NP membership. In 2009, DNA launched a new official journal, the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association (JDNA).

Interested in Becoming a Member of the DNA?

Looking for an opportunity to network with fellow Dermatology Nurses, increase your education of the dermatological environment, or chances to receive Scholarships, Grants, and Awards?  All this and more can be obtained by joining the DNA!

Join or renew today and register for the 2016 DNA Convention at the member rates!

Statement of Inclusivity

The Dermatology Nurses’ Association aspires to create a bias free environment that is inclusive and values its members regardless of age, culture, political beliefs, ability or disability, nationality or ethnicity, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and economic status.  We hold our members with high regard and appreciates the diverse backgrounds within our community.  In addition, we strongly respect the free expression of all of our members and welcome all backgrounds.