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Exploring the role of the aesthetic nurse in public health and patient education

Exploring the role of the aesthetic nurse in public health and patient education The Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) code of conduct states that all registered practising nurses have a duty to improve the health of the general public. As aesthetic nurses treat the skin, which is the most visible bodily organ, they are in a prime position to advise patients on the risks associated with smoking, as it causes significant changes to the skin's appearance and function. Aesthetic nurses are also well placed to advise patients on sun safety, which is now more important than ever considering that, over the last 30 years, the incidence rates of malignant melanoma in the UK have increased more rapidly than any of the ten most common cancers (Cancer Research UK, 2011). In this article, the author will stress aesthetic nurses' role in protecting and promoting the public's health, and highlight the part they play in patient education, focusing on the prevention of damage caused to the skin by cigarette smoke and excessive sun exposure. The author will also explore the benefits of using age-progression software in practice, which has the potential to be an effective, interactive intervention tool for public health promotion. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aesthetic Nursing Mark Allen Group

Exploring the role of the aesthetic nurse in public health and patient education

Journal of Aesthetic Nursing , Volume 2 (4): 4 – May 1, 2013

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Publisher
Mark Allen Group
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 MA Healthcare Limited
ISSN
2050-3717
eISSN
2052-2878
DOI
10.12968/joan.2013.2.4.174
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Abstract

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (2008) code of conduct states that all registered practising nurses have a duty to improve the health of the general public. As aesthetic nurses treat the skin, which is the most visible bodily organ, they are in a prime position to advise patients on the risks associated with smoking, as it causes significant changes to the skin's appearance and function. Aesthetic nurses are also well placed to advise patients on sun safety, which is now more important than ever considering that, over the last 30 years, the incidence rates of malignant melanoma in the UK have increased more rapidly than any of the ten most common cancers (Cancer Research UK, 2011). In this article, the author will stress aesthetic nurses' role in protecting and promoting the public's health, and highlight the part they play in patient education, focusing on the prevention of damage caused to the skin by cigarette smoke and excessive sun exposure. The author will also explore the benefits of using age-progression software in practice, which has the potential to be an effective, interactive intervention tool for public health promotion.

Journal

Journal of Aesthetic NursingMark Allen Group

Published: May 1, 2013

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