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New Dermatology Nurses' Association President Fairbrother to Work to Increase Visibility of Organization, Profession

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 General News J E 4
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MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., April 28 Karrie Fairbrother, BSN, RN,CDE, DNC, has been named president of the Dermatology Nurses' Association(DNA), a national professional nursing organization dedicated to promotingexcellence in dermatologic care.

In her new role as president, Fairbrother, a nurse educator at St. Peter'sHospital in Helena, Montana, will work to increase the visibility of the DNAas an organization committed to quality dermatologic care through the sharingof knowledge and expertise.

"It is my goal to ensure that policy makers, health care providers and thegeneral public will recognize DNA and the outstanding contribution thatdermatology professionals make to health care," said Fairbrother, whopreviously served on DNA's Board of Directors, as president of the Big SkyChapter of DNA and as Awards Committee chairperson for the organization.

She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor of sciencein nursing. Fairbrother performed her nurse's training at the Walter Reed ArmyInstitute of Nursing. She received her Dermatology Nursing Certification in1999 at the DNA Conference in New Orleans, and has continued her education inher specialty. A Certified Diabetes Educator and an experienced communityhealth advocate and speaker, she has presented at numerous workshops andsymposia and has appeared on radio and television segments about skin cancerprevention, diabetes, wellness and other health topics.

Fairbrother is passionate about DNA and her profession as a dermatologynurse, and is committed to educating patients about skin cancer prevention andearly detection. She urges her fellow DNA members to "determine what you arepassionate about and bring that passion to DNA as a volunteer. Ask yourselfwhat you would like to see happening at DNA, and how we can do it better withyour help."

Founded in 1982, the Dermatology Nurses' Association has grown to includeover 3,000 members and 22 local chapters. Headquartered in Mount Laurel, N.J.,the organization offers numerous national and local educational programs;networking opportunities; a newsletter and professional journal; aninteractive Web site; scholarships, grants and awards; and an annualconvention. For more information or membership details, visithttp://www.dnanurse.org or call 800-454-4DNA.

CONTACT: LEZA RAFFEL(215) 884-6499

SOURCE Dermatology Nurses' Association
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