Here at anti-aging, we now have 5 Cosmetic Nurse Practitioners but do you know what the difference is?
In essence a Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner has attained a Masters of advanced nursing practice degree coupled with a proven record of many advanced clinical hours and extended clinical practice who is enabled by legislation to prescribe and refer within the cosmetic field of medicine.
So what does this mean for our clients?
Of the most significant this means;
- Professional acknowledgement of proven advanced clinical injecting experience in excess of 5000 clinical hours
- Clients are assessed and consulted by the Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner who is able to prescribe the medicines appropriate to the cosmetic treatment plan, anti wrinkle injections are one of the prescription medicines
- If a referral to a specialist is required the Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner is able to provide such a referral
This role requires the Cosmetic Nurse Practitioner to function autonomously and collaboratively. It includes assessment and management of clients using nursing knowledge and skills and may include, but is not limited to, the direct referral of patients to other health care professionals, prescribing medications and ordering diagnostic investigations when appropriate. Our practice is supported by evidence-based policies/guidelines.
The nurse practitioner role is grounded in the nursing profession’s values, knowledge, theories and practice and provides innovative and flexible health care delivery that complements other health care providers. The scope of practice of the nurse practitioner is determined by the context in which the nurse practitioner is authorised to practice (Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2006).