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Medical aesthetics

Restricted activities for registered psychiatric nurses


R​PNs su​ccessfully complete additional educa​tion1 before providing medical aesthetic2 procedures. 


RPNs ad​ministering injectable drugs or substances or implantable devices for medical aesthetic purposes only do so:



wi​th a client-specific order from a health professional3, and



when the ordering health professional, or another health professional who has assumed responsibility for the care of the client, is present within the facility when the procedure is being performed and immediately available for consultation.


RPNs do not prescribe dermal fillers.



“Additional education” is structured education (e.g., workshop, course, program of study) designed for psychiatric nurses to attain the competencies required to carry out a specific activity as part of psychiatric nursing practice. Additional education must: build on the entry-level competencies of RPNs; identify the competencies expected on completion of the education; include both theory and application to practise;, and include an objective, independent evaluation of competencies on completion of the education​.

2 “Medical aesthetics” refers to elective non-surgical outpatient clinical procedures that include the performance of a restricted activity (activities listed in sections 6 and 7 of the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation) and are primarily intended to alter or restore a person’s appearance.

​“Health professional” has the same meaning as in the Nurses (Registered Psychiatric) Regulation​.

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