So, you’re a Registered Nurse, you’ve completed your Aesthetic Injectable Foundational Training Course, you’ve created your business plan, and you can’t wait to get started! Now all you need is your Medical Director [MeD].
As a Registered Nurse, you cannot prescribe medications or practice medicine, so you will need a MeD to order products, establish your standing orders, manage potential complications and possibly perform good faith exams [GFE] for your aesthetic clients treatments*. In most states your potential medical director can be a NP, ND, CRNA, DDS, DMD, DO, or MD . Regulations vary from state to state, but as a general rule, anyone who can practice independently with prescribing privileges could be a medical director. Your medical director will be required to open your pharma accounts under their license so that you are able to order your injectable products. It is best to consult your state’s individual guidelines for the regulations specific to your licensure and your prospective MeD may also want to consult with his or her attorney before taking on a supervisory role.
The relationship between Injector and Medical Director is one of trust and cooperation. It is vital that you both understand your roles. You must look at your MeD as a partner in your business. Your MeD also needs to realize that your patients are their patients, just as much as they would be if they were seen in their current work space. Even if you are a sole proprietor in your business, your MeD is a partner in the sense that you cannot function without him or her. They are allowing you to practice under their license and trusting your judgment when it comes to the care and treatment of your/their client. He or she should be aware of all the services you provide and the inherent risks. They are assuming responsibility to manage complications, should they arise. You should both carry malpractice insurance, which may be as simple as adding an aesthetic rider to your current policies.
This can seem like the biggest obstacle to you fulfilling your dreams, but it doesn’t have to be. So where to start? Think about your current network, who do you already know? Do you work with or for someone who is qualified and knows how amazing you are in your current practice? Is your current injector qualified and would they be interested in additional income? What about your current medical provider(s)? Many of our students have met their medical director in their Foundational Training at PNAA. There are medical directors open to taking on new injectors who post their availability on the PNAA Alumni FB Group. Network, network, network!
Do you have the perfect person in mind, but they lack aesthetic injectable training? PNAA offers a 4 hour live, virtual Medical Director Training for the non injecting MeD. Our comprehensive course content includes; MeD roles and responsibilities, injection techniques, potential side effects, management of adverse events and access to our Student Resources Shared Drive that contains consents, standing orders, pre and post care documents, protocols and many other valuable resources. We can help you and your MeD with the training you need to take charge of your life and create your own business opportunity.
By Kathy Hodge Kramer RN, CAI, CEO
*There are aesthetic telehealth companies that offer GFE services if that is a time commitment that your medical director cannot take on.