The importance of prescribing

02 April 2024
Volume 13 · Issue 3


In this article, Sharon Bennett discusses the ways in which the BACN supports their nurse members through the complex landscape of aesthetics practice and regulation

The BACN have worked hard over many years, using evidence and reasoning to argue that the delivery of invasive aesthetic treatments should only be performed by a qualified healthcare professional, such as a nurse or doctor. Unfortunately, for too long, medical aesthetics has been glamourised within the media, and there has been a lack of understanding of the speciality from the government.

Due to the ever-changing rotation of ministers, they fail to consider what is truly required to deliver a safe and effective treatment, clinical management of the patient, and how they are cared for if they return with side effects or adverse events. The skills of a registered nurse are beyond the needle in the skin, and our wider depth of knowledge is essential for patient wellbeing and safety. This comes from the minimum of 3 years training as a nurse, on wards and at the sharp end of clinical practice. Our training and subsequent working as qualified nurses in a hospital setting has enabled us to consult, assess, diagnose, review medications, consent, carry out complex procedures in complex scenarios, give patient care physically and psychologically, become independent non-medical prescribers, and become advanced nurse practitioners.

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