I am and Alberta LPN and for the last 16 months, I have held a 1.0 RFT position at the Alberta Health Services Dermatology Clinic in Edmonton.
Absolutely, LPN's work in Dermatology - there are 2 of us at my specific clinic. There is no difference in our scope of practice compared to RN's.
Dermatology Clinics with multiple physicians usually have a variety of different clinics within the speciality with very different skills for each clinic.
Clinics I work in within Dermatology:
Phototherapy: LPN's run their own clinic here. We collaborate with physicians, process orders, monitor patients, administer UVB, UVA and PUVA treatments to treat various derm concerns. Cool to "see" your own patients.
General Dermatology: Room patients, medical history, assist in biopsies, wound care, administer medications (Kenalog, DPC, lidocaine, Cantharone, Botox), suturing, suture removal, phone calls (results, patient concerns, pharmacy, home care).
Leg Ulcer Clinic: Various highly specialized dressings, orders tests (ADPI + toe pressures), ordering and collaborate and troubleshoot with homecare => highly intensive and messy clinic.
Patch Allergy Testing Clinic: Apply the patches, remove the patches, transcribe interpretations.
Surgical Clinic: Prepare surgical traps, sterile procedures, lidocaine admin, pre and post procedure health assessment, post op dressing changes, obstain consent, direct surgeon assist with procedures. See patients in follow up.
Melanoma Clinic: Order tests (CXR, PET, CT, blood work), assist the interdisciplinary team (Dermatologist + Surgeon + Medical Oncologist) treat and assess very sick patients. You form very close relationships in this clinic.
Derm can be hard to get into, it's very busy and it's not one of those laid back clinics some nurses hope to get into when considering leaving the floor for a more laid back job. Derms see many patients and there are many procedures going on. It can be repetitive and just as busy as working on the floor.
Good luck and PM me with any questions.