Why Skin Matters

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Lecture Overview

In general nursing, skin is seen as something that reveals perfusion, and that's about it. In this passionate talk, Jan Riley argues that skin is the best indicator of a patient's health - the story of their life will eventually play out on their skin. This is why a skin assessment is so important to include in routine observations. Join Jan as she makes her case for why this forgotten assessment system may just be the most important of all...


Portrait of Jan Riley
Jan Riley

Jan Riley is a specialist dermatology nurse based in regional New South Wales, Australia. Her postgraduate studies include a Certificate in Dermatology Nursing (USA), Master of Nursing (NP) and Certificates in Dermoscopy and Skin Cancer Medicine. Driven by a passion for “all things skin”, Jan is a staunch and passionate mentor and advocate, who is always ready and willing to share knowledge and inspire nurses to understand skin’s impact on daily lives. Her active participation in a range of professional activities has greatly assisted to raise the profile of dermatology and skin disease in the community. Jan currently develops and presents skin education modules through a co-directed nurse education company (Dermatology Nurse Education Australia) for nurses across all areas of care delivery. See Educator Profile