Nurse injectors offset growing demand for nonsurgical procedures

June 25, 2013

The decision to relinquish control and add a nurse injector to your cosmetic surgery staff can be a hard one, but there are more pros than cons, says Edwin Williams, M.D.

This article is part of the Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology Show Coverage.

 

The decision to relinquish control and add a nurse injector to your cosmetic surgery staff can be a hard one, but there are more pros than cons, says Edwin Williams, M.D.

Dr. Williams spoke to a group of about 150 people during the Ninth Annual Vegas Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Dermatology meeting on Wednesday.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the number of minimally invasive procedures increases more than 10 percent in the past year, and there were nearly 8.5 million procedures in 2012.

"It's hard to respond to growth without undermining your surgical practice and ability to spend time with and follow up with patients," Dr. Williams said.

In 2012, more than 10 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed, but that increases to more than 12.6 million procedures when those completed by nurse injectors and physician assistants are included, ASAPS reports.

Dr. Williams says that to keep up with the growth of the industry, he supports hiring nurse injectors, but he suggests giving careful consideration to the person being hired.

"Don't hire for a resume, hire for a person," Dr. Williams says.

The best candidates, in his opinion, are nurses who are interested in and passionate about the cosmetic surgery industry, he said, noting a signifcant difference in the pace and setting.

It's crucial to take your time during the hiring process when adding a nurse injector to your staff, he says.

The top qualities Dr. Williams looks for in potential nurse injector candidates are:

·      Passionate about the cosmetic surgery industry;

·      Driven or self-starters;

·      Extremely caring and must fit into workplace culture.

 

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