Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
February 2009, Volume 1 Number 1 , p 58 - 60
Issue: Volume 1(1), January/February 2009, pp 58-60 Publication Type: [DEPARTMENTS: NP Connections] Publisher: © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Victoria Beebe, CPNP, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Massachusetts. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Victoria Beebe, CPNP, 41 Mall Road, Burlington, Massachusetts 01805. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2003, like many hospitals and healthcare centers across the country, Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts, was facing a paucity of dermatologists. Patients confronted long wait times for appointments and difficulty scheduling follow-up visits. Dr. Suzanne Olbricht, a Mohs surgeon and chief of Lahey's dermatology department, had experience working with nurse practitioners (NPs) in dermatology. She felt that there was a role for NPs in dermatology and foresaw their use as part of the solution to the shortage of dermatologists. Although ...