Helen RothenbuhlerAdvanced Practice Dermatology Nurse
RN, MNurs (Hons), BNurs, BCounselling, Cert IV Training & Assessment
My background includes twenty five years of generalist dermatology nursing, encompassing all patient age groups. For twenty one of those years I was also nurse manager. Throughout that time I gained extensive experience in dermatology nursing interventions required for both medical and surgical patient care. This is where I developed a special interest in psychosocial and educational support of patients with skin conditions. I completed a Masters of Nursing (Advanced Practice) through the University of Newcastle in 2014. This was driven by a desire to ensure quality evidence based dermatology nursing knowledge and skills to inform my nursing practice. My BCounselling was completed through the University of New England, and my BNursing through the University of Newcastle. I also have a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training.
My passion is to see the development of dermatology nursing education that provides nurses with competencies, knowledge and skills to enable greater career pathways, quality patient care, and optimal outcomes for patients with skin conditions. Consequently, I have been actively involved in the development and delivery of dermatology nursing education programs in Australia over many years.
The development and growth of dermatology nursing in Australia has been an avid pursuit of mine. I have been a member of the Australian Dermatology Nurses Association (ADNA) since 1992, having held positions including President, Secretary, Committee member and Education Liaison Officer. I received the ADNA Educational Award twice for my contribution to dermatology nursing education in Australia.
The greatest honour I have received is the ADNA Life Membership, awarded in 2010 for my services to the Australian Dermatology Nurses’ Association. My driving ambition is to have dermatology nursing grow and develop to inform care provision on a national and international level. Dermatology health promotion would directly benefit, also ensuring that patients with skin conditions had access to quality holistic care by specialist dermatology nurses.