Aesthetic nursing is the provision of specialized procedures for the purpose of cosmetic treatment such as, but not limited to, dermal fillers, volume enhancers, collagen stimulators, lipolysis and neuromodulators. This area of practice is constantly evolving and could include more procedures.
The roles and responsibilities of a nurse performing aesthetic nursing procedures may vary by jurisdiction. It is the responsibility of a nurse coming from another jurisdiction to be familiar with the scope of practice in Alberta.
Amended regulations and standards
The newly amended Personal Services Regulation and the Personal Services Standards came into force on July 1, 2020 and establish minimum health and safety requirements for the personal services industry. Personal and health services may overlap. All nurses providing aesthetic procedures and treatments need to be aware of the all requirements relevant to their practice, as outlined in the personal services regulation and standards.
If you are the owner of an aesthetic nursing clinic and provide any of the services identified in the Personal Services Regulation, you must notify the Regional Health Authority (RHA), providing your name and contact information, address and
location of the business, and the types of services you will provide. You must also notify the RHA prior to offering any new personal service/activity.
Who can prescribe neuromodulators and dermal fillers?
Medication listed on Health Canada’s prescription drug list can only be prescribed by authorized regulated health professionals. In Alberta, these health professionals include:
- nurse practitioners
- pharmacists who have been granted prescribing authority by the Alberta College of Pharmacy
Neuromodulators, such as botulinum toxin, are Schedule 1 medications and can only be prescribed by an authorized prescriber as outlined in the Government Organization Act and respective regulation for each health profession. Some dermal fillers are classified as Schedule 2 medications and do not need a client specific order unless required by employer policy.
Nurses must be satisfied that the practitioner prescribing the neuromodulator or dermal filler is authorized by their college to engage in this practice.