The Joan Shelk Fundamentals of Phototherapy Workshop

Pre-Convention Workshop - Additional Fee Required

Time Slot: 
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:30am to 4:30pm


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. 

Educational Topics to Include:

  • Photo-responsive Diseases
  • Ultraviolet Light
  • Equipment 
  • UVB and PUVA 
  • Side Effects
  • Shielding
  • Pearls of Phototherapy


    • Identify three skin disorders that would be appropriate for phototherapy and their outcomes. 
    • Describe the differences between UVA and UVB light
    • Identify the three types of lamps used and the difference between internal and external metering used in photo therapy.
    • List the differences between UVB and PUVA protocols
    • Recognize and manage the major short and long term side effects of phototherapy
    • Describe ways to shield, why you shield and identify appropriate shielding material to reflect UVL.
    • Identify what make a successful phototherapy unit, and describe some documentation pitfalls.
Angela Hamilton, FNP-C
Cynthia Heaton, RN, BSN
Margaret Hirsch, BSN, RN, DNC
Jennifer Howe, BA, RN, BSN