Long-time readers of the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (JDNA) may remember that March is always a meaningful time of year for me. Yes, it’s that time of year again when I wax on about March 19 as Certified Nurses Day. I have written enthusiastically about this several years running now, in part because I want to call this special day to everyone’s attention and in part in the hopes that my significant enthusiasm for this event will inspire each of you to think about becoming certified. For those of you newer to reading the JDNA, I wanted to share that, each year, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, in collaboration with the American Nurses Association, celebrates nurses who are certified, not just in dermatology but also in all areas of expertise. As I stated last year, “For many Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) members, being Dermatology Nurse Certified (DNC) or a Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) is a significant achievement, and one that deserves to be recognized” (Borger, 2018). Certification is both a personal and professional statement about your dedication to the discipline, and I had challenged each reader to identify the “Top 10” ways you could celebrate and acknowledge your certification. Does anyone remember how they celebrated last year? Does any reader have a special event planned for this year? Again, I would ask you use #CertifiedNursesDay on social media when sharing and consider including me, @angelaborger, if you are on Twitter.
Just as certification is one concrete way you can show your excellence in dermatology nursing, volunteering is another. Volunteering is a way to contribute to the organization that supports the work we do as dermatology nurses. Through volunteering opportunities, friendships and collaborations are built. As many of you may know, volunteering on the Editorial Board is an act of service not just to the Journal itself but also to our organization and the larger profession of nursing, specifically dermatology nursing and nurses. One of my favorite aspects of serving as the Editor in Chief is working with my colleagues, many of whom have become friends. This shared collaboration on the Journal and its projects is professionally rewarding; working together on projects that highlight the role of the dermatology nurse and our knowledge is essential to what we do at the JDNA. I find that each editorial board member brings a history of unique experiences and insights to their service; their exceptional ideas have helped to grow the JDNA, and by reflection, the role of the dermatology nurse, into what it is today.
Volunteers are essential to the work at the JDNA, and I want to call your attention to several recent changes on the JDNA’s Editorial Board. Sarah Neider has served on the JDNA’s Editorial Board for the last several years, actively participating in the work of the Journal and serving as a consistent voice for the important work we do on behalf of all Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA) members. In reflecting on her time on the Editorial Board, Ms. Neider says, “It has been a pleasure and I am proud of the work you, Melissa, Kathleen and all the other Board members do. I truly have enjoyed my tenure along with the professional and personal relationships I have made. Please know I will remain an advocate for the Journal and its Board Members.” Thank you to Sarah for her contributions to the JDNA; they have been very much appreciated. In other news, I am pleased to reintroduce you to a new Editorial Board member of the Journal. Brooke Ingram, RN, DNC, has volunteered to rejoin the Editorial Board. Ms. Ingram has served in this role before and, after taking some time off, has rejoined the Board. She has been a member of the DNA for an extended time and is excited to begin working with the Journal again. She has several areas of clinical interest and is looking to contribute to the JDNA in meaningful ways. Ms. Ingram states, “It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of the JDNA editorial board once again. As a nurse, dermatology has been very near and dear to my heart for decades. Knowledge is power, and I am very excited to work with the other amazing members on this board to create and solicit articles to further the knowledge of all DNA members in this unique specialty of dermatology.” Please join me in welcoming Ms. Ingram back as a dedicated volunteer; we look forward to seeing her contributions and the fruition of her work.
Like these two colleagues, perhaps you’ve considered volunteering with the DNA or the JDNA. I invite you to assess if you are at a point in your career where you’d like to volunteer. I can assure you the rewards are numerous (see Figure 1) and well worth your consideration. Please come join the important and exciting work we do and help contribute to the voice of dermatology nursing and dermatology nurses.
As always, I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Angela L. Borger
Editor in Chief
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Borger A. L. (2018). Are you ready to become a certified nurse? Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association
, 10(2), 81–85.