I'm an outspoken barista/nursing student extraordinaire.
Oh, physicians can do no wrong! They could never botch a laser procedure. Their 8+ years of education ensure that they never make mistakes. That's why they need malpractice insurance... Oh, wait...
There are so many asinine things about this. Yes, it is tragic that two witnesses received botched laser treatments. I don't intend to demean their horrific experiences by any means. However, can two cases really represent ALL licensed aestheticians and registered nurses out there that perform laser treatments? Absolutely not. How about the many licensed aestheticians and registered nurses who have been performing these procedures for YEARS sans mistakes? Do their positive outcomes AND extensive training mean nothing now? Apparently, this is what the legislature believes. The reality is that experience in the field YIELDS education that one may not receive in the classroom! This being said, how can you look at someone's classroom time and say that they are unqualified to perform a procedure that they have done for years? Just because licensed aestheticians and registered nurses receive less of an education than physicians do, does not mean that they are unqualified to perform laser procedures. There are lots of certifications and training sessions that they receive outside of their actual degree course hours in order to perform their laser procedures. It's evident that the legislature is ignorant and misinformed of what goes on in spas, which is unfortunate and unacceptable.
By Richard Alley
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