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VickyRN has 16 years experience as a MSN, DNP, RN and specializes in Gerontological, cardiac, med-surg, peds.

Working on my PhD!

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  1. Aesthetic nurses (also known as cosmetic or plastic surgery nurses) provide patient care and assistance within a variety of procedural and perioperative settings to improve or enhance the patient's appearance. Aesthetic Nurses assist in: Smoothing away wrinkles Treating aging skin Plumping up thin small lips Filling out cheeks Improving imperfections such as scars Aesthetic Nurses care for patients undergoing: Elective minor cosmetic procedures Cosmetic and maxillofacial surgery Major reconstructive surgery Laser and microsurgery Minimally-invasive body treatments to correct aesthetic problems such as cellulite or keloids They also monitor patients' recovery after procedures, administer medications, and change bandages. Aesthetic Nurses possess skills in various procedures such as: Liposuction Dermabrasion Chemical peels Mesotherapy Face lifts Laser hair removal Laser skin resurfacing Photofacials Tattoo removal Sclerotherapy Hair transplants Facial reconstruction Breast reconstruction Aesthetic Nurses are well versed in brands or therapies such as: BOTOX BHRT (bioidentical hormone restoration therapy) Dysport Sculptra JUVEDERM Latisse Restylane Top 5 Cosmetic Surgical and Non-Surgical Procedures According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the top five cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures in 2019 were: Surgical Procedures Breast augmentation Lipo suction Breast lift Tummy tuck Eyelid Non-surgical Procedures Botulinum toxin Hyaluronic acid Laser hair removal Non-surgical fat reduction Photo rejuvenation (IPL) NOTE: The above statistics now only include board-certified plastic surgeons, whereas prior surveys also included dermatologists and otolaryngologists. Work Environment Aesthetic nurses work directly with board-certified physicians/plastic surgeons and surgical teams in the operating room (private suites or hospitals). They also work in outpatient dermatology practices, otolaryngology clinics, free-standing surgery centers, office practices, and medical spa settings. Skills One of the primary goals of cosmetic procedures is to improve the patient's perception of self and psychological health by modifying body image. In order to function therapeutically in the cosmetic environment, Aesthetic Nurses should possess the following skill set: Sensitive and respectful communication Positive, non-judgmental attitude Caring behavior Thorough knowledge of facial anatomy and physiology of the skin and underlying tissue Thorough understanding of cosmeceutical products Analytical skills Clinical competence Nursing Duties / Responsibilities Keeping up with the latest aesthetic surgery protocols Patient consultations/ screenings Assessment of the patient's general health, psychosocial status, and face and neck Patient scheduling Pre- and post-operative instructions Administering chemical peels Botox/ dermal filler/ volume enhancer injections Laser and intense pulse-light treatments Venipuncture and intravenous therapy Liposuction nursing procedures (monitoring, positioning, post-operative dressings, and compression garments) Preparing the surgery room, including sterilizing instruments Peri-operative management (preparing patients for surgical procedures; attending to patients during surgery; postoperative care; and avoidance of or dealing with complications) Inventory management Education Requirements The road to becoming an established and experienced aesthetics provider is long and arduous. Aspiring Aesthetic Nurses must first be a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) with an ADN, Diploma, or BSN. A BSN is the preferred degree within this competitive field. Most Aesthetic Nurses work in another field (such as general surgery or dermatology) before focusing on this specialty. Since there is presently no defined curriculum for a novice aesthetic nurse to follow, it is vitally important to get as much training and experience in a plastic surgery environment as possible. Post-baccalaureate certificate training courses are available that cover anatomy related to aesthetics and dermatology, aging, skin biochemistry and physiology, face and body sculpting, and skin conditions and the methods used to cosmetically treat them. Some feature hands-on experience in dermal fillers, botox, light-based treatments, ablative skin resurfacing, and chemical peels. Certifications Specialty credentials are available from the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board. Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse (CPSN) CANS Eligibility Requirements for Certification (not all-inclusive) RN in the U.S., its territories, or Canada; unencumbered license Minimum 1000 practice hours within the core specialties in last (2) years Minimum (2) years RN experience within the four Core Specialties in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is board certified within a core specialty Working in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery Ophthalmology DermatologyFacial Plastic Surgery (ENT) Application endorsed by the nurse's supervising core physician who holds a current full and unrestricted license CPSN Eligibility Requirements for Certification RN currently licensed in the U.S., its territories, or Canada Unencumbered RN license Minimum (2) years plastic surgical nursing experience as an RN in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity for at least three (3) years prior to application, and Spent at least 1,000 practice hours in plastic surgical nursing during (2) of the preceding (3) years Be currently working in the field of plastic surgical nursing in collaboration with a board-certified plastic surgeon who holds a current full and unrestricted license Job Outlook Due to the aging Baby Boomers' insatiable quest to regain their youthful appearance, coupled with a significant rise in minimally-invasive procedures which has resulted in greater accessibility and lower costs, plastic surgery is one of the fastest-growing healthcare specialties today. In 2019, more than 1.6 billion dollars were spent on injectables. And, more than 1 billion dollars were spent on silicone gel breast implants. Most job growth is expected in physicians' offices as opposed to other settings. Salary (2020) According to indeed.com, the average annual salary ranges from approximately $61,214 for Rns to $117,711 for NPs. The salary varies widely according to the employer, specialty area, level of experience, certification, and location. Resources Body Dysmorphia and Plastic Surgery Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing: Psychosocial Care of the Plastic Surgical Patient International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses Plastic Surgery Nurse Plastic Surgical Nursing Journal The Ethical Dilemmas of Aesthetic Medicine: What Every Provider Should Consider The "Nuts & Bolts" of Becoming an Aesthetic Provider: Part 1--How Do I Get Started? Choosing a Specialty but not sure which one is best for you? Download Nursing Specialties Guide!
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    APA style guide necessary?

    As nursing faculty, I have graded many student papers in my College of Nursing. I do have the latest edition APA manual. However, for the undergraduate baccalaureate students, IMHO, all they really need to know is on the 'OWL' site. Besides, the APA manual is terribly disorganized and full of errors.
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    allnurses Reaches 800,000 Member Milestone

    Wonderful news! :)
  4. Excellent advice, TheCommuter!
  5. Moved to the LPN/ LVN Nursing Student Forum, as better suited to this type of inquiry.
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    Independent LPN Private Duty?

    Moved to Private Duty Nursing Forum, as better suited to this type of inquiry :)
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    Letter of intent for a school nurse position?!

    Moved to School Nursing Forum, as better suited to this type of inquiry :)
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    APRN Licensure Wait Times (TN)

    Moved to Tennessee Nursing Forum :)
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    Medical Assistants - Good Career Move or Not?

    Moved to Medical Assistant Forum as better suited to this type of inquiry :)
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    Compass test

    Moved to Pre-Nursing Student Forum, as better suited to this type of inquiry.
  11. Moved to North Carolina Nursing Forum, as more appropriate for this type of inquiry. This may be of help to you: North Carolina Nursing Schools : Nursing Schools in North Carolina
  12. You are called to be a champion, and champions don't live like ordinary people. (In other words, all the challenges you face are only going to make you stronger and more successful in life!)
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    DCS in nursing canada

    Moved to 'Nursing in Canada' Forum as better suited to this type of inquiry :)
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    Everyone Won't Succeed. And That's Okay!

    The Head Start Program is doing a wonderful job in helping disadvantaged preschool children get the support and stimulation they need to be successful in today's highly competitive academic world.
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    Medical Assistants (MA)

    The Medical Assistant Medical Assistants are medical support staff who perform routine administrative and clinical duties under the direct supervision of a physician or other licensed healthcare provider. Nearly three quarters work in physicians' or other health practitioners' offices. Medical Assistants are employed in outpatient/ ambulatory care facilities, medical offices and hospital-affiliated clinics. Their duties vary according to location, specialty area, certification, and state/local laws. Note: The Medical Assistant should not be confused with the physician assistant, a mid-level provider who diagnoses and treats patients. Duties / Responsibilities Medical Assistants need to be able to multitask - that is, handle multiple responsibilities at the same time. They are cross-trained to handle both administrative services and clinical duties, such as: Using computer applications. Recording information in health records systems. Filing patient medical records. Handling correspondence, billing, DRG coding, and bookkeeping. Scheduling appointments or arranging hospital admissions. Ordering supplies. Communicating effectively to patients. Taking medical histories. Providing education to patients. Measuring heights, weights, and vital signs. Administering medications, injections, and immunizations. Applying splints and dressings. Removing sutures. Preparing exam and treatment rooms. Explaining treatment procedures to patients. Setting up patients for examinations. Preparing medical instruments, equipment, and supplies, including sterilization. Collecting and preparing specimens. Inserting urinary catheters. Drawing blood. Performing basic laboratory tests, electrocardiograms, and allergy skin tests. Examples of Specialty Duties Podiatric Medical Assistant make fiberglass foot casts clip toenails bandage patients' feet assist with foot/ankle surgery Chiropractic Medical Assistant help prepare patients for chiropractic treatment lift/move patients apply hydro-collator packs Cardiology Medical Assistant obtain vital signs perform 12-lead EKGs Ophthalmic Medical Assistant perform the first series of tests before the actual eye examination visual acuity tests eye muscle tests vision measurement Work Environment Medical Assistants work in a medical office environment or clinics affiliated with healthcare facilities. Most work in physicians' offices, to help ensure the medical office is running smoothly. Those who are employed in larger physician practices tend to specialize in medical specialty areas with additional duties associated with the specialty's unique set of characteristics and specific roles. Those who work in hospital-affiliated clinics generally have a greater scope of responsibilities, with higher salaries and better benefits and perks. Education Requirements Medical Assistants are not licensed in most states nor are there national standardized educational requirements for becoming a Medical Assistant. The entry-level education is a high school diploma or GED and many learn through on-the-job training. Some states require formal education and/or credentialing as a legal prerequisite for the performance of certain duties. Diploma or associate-degree college programs in Medical Assisting are available. The majority of Medical Assistant training programs are one year in duration. Most employers prefer applicants who are certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or who have received the Specialty Certified Medical Assistant certification. Job Outlook Medical Assisting jobs are one of the fastest-growing careers in America with a projected growth rate of 23% from 2018 to 2028. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will stem from a rapidly aging population, the increasing number of group practices and clinics, the shift in healthcare focus from acute inpatient hospital care to outpatient settings, and the growing need for more support personnel who are flexible enough to perform both clerical and clinical tasks within these community care settings. Medical Assistants with formal education, certification, and clinical experience have a competitive advantage and are offered the best job opportunities. Salary According to Top Medical Assistant Schools, the average annual wage of Medical Assistants is $33,610 a year, $16.16 an hour (May 2018). The salary depends on experience, education, certification, location, and specialty area. Resources American Association of Medical Assistants American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants Medical Assistants: Occupational Handbook Outlook Specialty Certified Medical Assistant Top Medical Assistant Schools