Thank you for the responses thus far; additional responses are always welcome.
Thus far, there seems to be a lot of confusion: economic, legal, and experience.
To the Florida example, it is the RN's responsibility to be prepared with the education and training necessary for his/her job (ie. if you work in a plastic surg office where the MD may need you in the OR, it behooves the MD, you, and pt to be educated).
Being the type of person to not make excuses and to just go for what makes sense, I will be enrolling in an aesthetic certification course. I heed the advice of the economic downfall, however, CA is not seeming to be struggling in this field. All the beauties around here are not giving up on turning the clock of time.
Again I question, would anyone be interested in attending one of these courses? It may save money to share a hotel/expenses for a 3-4 day course. My requirements include being trained by experienced MD's, that the course is offered to only MD's, NP's, PA's, and RN's, and a certificate of completion is given.
- Many may say that a certification course is a waste of money and an MD will train you.
It is rare that an MD will hire an inexperienced RN, unless he/she wants to save money paying you less. Moreover, the training will be interupted by the MD's schedule and limited by his/her knowledge. The environment of a busy office is not conducive to learning.
- What does being "certified" mean?
To the BRN, nothing; to your employer, experience; to your patient, trust. Most importantly, to you, who is taking control of advancing your own knowledge and career.
Side Note: The BRN is not recognizing ANY aesthetic program and has not yet gotten their hands, or fees, into this area of medicine. Be aware that it is inevitable they will approve and require a certification. In this case, you will probably need to pay them some $$ and take a test.
- There is also the MEP-C (Medical Esthetics Practitioner-Certified).
I don't want to confuse you, but you can read more here: http://www.amen-usa.org/Certificatio...ification.html
. The site curiously does not mention the BRN, or what this certification will mean to you when the BRN finds their way into aesthetics.
RN's have a ways to go in this field. Anyone interested in being a pioneer? You may even be able to influence the BRN in the certification process!