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- Jan 16, '07 by Xx2bNurse RatchedxXHi I am a student nurse and about to graduate in May with my BSN. I am very interested in this area and was wondering if anyone knew the legalities regarding working with a physician if youre an NP and wanting to open up your own business? Also, if wanting to become a Nurse Practitioner, what area would I go into if wanting to open a business regarding esthetics? Thanks so much, I love this forum!
- Jan 17, '07 by mttopmamaHi Nurse Ratched,
Welcome to this forum.. I think it is great,too.
You didn't mention which state you are in or plan to practice in, so I would suggest that you check with your state board of nursing to see what your scope of practice will allow. One of the real issues here is liability!!! If you work for a physician, you will most likely be covered under his malpractice policy, but if you are a private contractor, you will need to carry your own liability insurance. If you set up a private practice, in some states you may need a business license. And it might be helpful to incorporate as a business. All depends on the state you plan to practice. To my knowledge there is not a NP for esthetics, as a sub-specialty. There may be one in the future, but one would need to check with the academic world on that issue.
This is a rapidly growing area for the healthcare and beauty industries. I would suggest that you gain some general experience after graduation, such as work in dermatolgy, surgery, or general nursing. Try to find additional training in skin care @ institutes that offer clinical experience, if your choice is to entry into this area immediatly after school.. Good luck to you!!
- Jan 18, '07 by sirIyou didn't mention which state you are in or plan to practice in, so i would suggest that you check with your state board of nursing to see what your scope of practice will allow.
excellent advice, mttopmama. each state has sop defining the apn practice.
one of the real issues here is liability!!! if you work for a physician, you will most likely be covered under his malpractice policy, but if you are a private contractor, you will need to carry your own liability insurance.
you will want to carry individual liability even if you are covered under the physician policy. protect yourself at all times.
this is a rapidly growing area for the healthcare and beauty industries. i would suggest that you gain some general experience after graduation, such as work in dermatolgy, surgery, or general nursing. try to find additional training in skin care @ institutes that offer clinical experience, if your choice is to entry into this area immediatly after school.. good luck to you!!
definitely, experience is a must. seek out entities which offer the following services:
laser hair and vein removal
dermatology consults in alf
to my knowledge there is not a np for esthetics, as a sub-specialty.
agree - subspecialty for now. look for this in the future for apns. here is an excellent article from advance for nurse practitioners regarding aesthetics and the np.
welcome, xx2bnurse ratchedxx, to allnurses.com and good luck with your career choice.
- Jan 21, '07 by bnrn03Hi I am rather new to this site and I want to venture into aesthetic nursing. I live in Pa. I need to find somewhere to take the courses and someone who can help me along in getting a business started. I have seen some advertisements for different courses and just have no clue where to go. Please help.
- Jan 23, '07 by VegasNurse05I went through a very traumatic car accident as a teenager and had numerous plastic/reconstructive surgeries. As a result I am planning on enrolling in an NP program in hopes to work in plastics/ENT. Any advice on whether adult NP or acute care NP would be more applicable? Frankly I have very little knowledge on the subject. Thanks!Last edit by VegasNurse05 on Sep 24, '07
- Jan 23, '07 by mttopmamaVegasNurse,
Sorry but I don't have any advice on which type of NP would be helpful to her. There are many programs out there, usually specific for family NP, OBGYN NP, peds NP.. etc.. depending on her current state's scope of practice and what she wants to do in plastics/ENT.. I would suggest she locate a program which is inline with her goals for the future. Best of luck to you both.
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- Jan 26, '07 by brownriceHi Tanya:
I'd love to hear more about your conference, business goals, etc. Didn't see a way to pm you though!
- Feb 3, '07 by ebben_sVery interesting discussion! I am also getting into aesthetics but from the physician standpoint. I am an internist (sorry, I know it's a nursing forum) and feel that there is much common ground in what we are all trying to do. After taking the Restylane course with Aesthetic Enhancement Institute (excellent) I have started to integrate it into my general medical practice. Would love to hear from anyone if you have any thoughts on win-win collaborations between RN/NPs and MDs. Finally, I think it's great that you all are going for a piece of the aesthetic market. Obviously, you don't have to be a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to do these things.Last edit by sirI on Feb 3, '07 : Reason: TOS
- Feb 3, '07 by periwinklesEbben_s,
Welcome, this is great that you are on the forum. If, as an internist, your aesthetics takes off really well in your practice the you may find it necessary to "expand" your staff to accommodate the demand.
I, myself, would prefer to work under the direction of a physician because that would allow me to learn from them and go beyond what I would be permitted to do on my own under my RN license and Aesthetics license.
Have you thought of the advantages/disadvantages of hiring RN vs. NP/PA
into your practice, and which would be more cost effective and beneficial to your aesthetic practice in the long run as it grows?