My name is Michelle and I qualified to be a registered general nurse in 2017 and took the plunge to become a full-time aesthetic nurse just over a year ago and run my very own clinic in South Wales, Port Talbot. I have been a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Nurses (BACN) since the day I started. Since qualifying, I gained clinical skills in specialist areas, such as General ITU, and pre, peri and post-operative care as a recovery and anaesthetic nurse. Working in theatres was where my passion for non-surgical treatments came to fruition.
Since commencing this new role I have not looked back! I am very passionate about aesthetics, so much so, I have written an article on chemical peels for the body to help medical practitioners just starting in aesthetics, which is now a published piece in the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing's December/January issue.
During my time as a nursing student, I was truly honoured to become runner up for the Outstanding Student Nurse of the Year Award at my university and was extremely fortunate to have attended the Student Nursing Times Awards in London as a finalist for Student Nurse of the Year: Adult. Which is an award for shining the light on talent entering the nursing profession and nurses wishing to become a voice for patients with an emphasis on the core values the NHS is striving to achieve. Which I feel is equally trying to be achieved by the BACN in the medical aesthetics industry.
I believe that becoming a regional leader, will give me a new challenge and exciting opportunity to network with like-minded professionals; who I believe will all work together to promote patient safety and continue to highlight the importance of evidence-based practice to deliver the best treatments for patients in an alarmingly unregulated industry.