I am a Patti Owens, a clinical nurse who performs laser/aesthetic procedures at a Dermatologist’s office in Olympia, WA. I am the Laser Safety Officer at the facility along with the coordinator of the laser/aesthetic services and marketing manager. I am an aesthetic consultant with a variety of professional organizations and laser companies. I am an author working on the final edits of a laser aesthetic textbook for Malady/Cengage publishing company. I am the Nursing/Allied Health Board representative of the American Society of laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). I am a member of Dermatology Nurses Association (DNA) and am involved in developing core curriculum and aesthetic educational programs. I am an active participant in the ANSI Z136.3 revision.
I graduated with my BSN from the University of Colorado School of Nursing in 1976. I obtained my Master’s degree in Health Administration from Chapman University in 1996.
I have been employed for 8 years at the Olympic Dermatology and Laser Clinic under Dr. James Brazil, dermatologist, in Olympia, WA. My consulting company, NorthWest Laser Aesthetics, was formed in 1999.
I began my laser experience in 1986 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, WA. I managed the Laser Center from November 1986 to March 1999. My responsibilities included program development and supervision of 13 laser systems, implementation of the laser perioperative role, and enforcement of safety policies as the facility’s acting Laser Safety Officer. In 1995, I developed an aesthetic laser inhouse and mobile cosmetic laser program. In 1999, I left the hospital to pursue my consulting business and clinical work in the aesthetic/laser field.
Becoming an LSO
In 1986, I attended several LSO training session, professional society meetings and training with several laser companies. I then applied for the position as laser manger and LSO.
I have enjoyed being the LSO in my past and present employment opportunities. In today’s ever changing environment, there is an increasing urgency for awareness of new technology, national and state regulations, and consumer safety. No matter if one is the LSO of a large hospital, cosmetic clinic, or a medi-spa- the challenges are ever present, ever changing.
Becoming a CMLSO
Becoming certified has established my level of knowledge and my competency as a LSO at the facility I work. Certification stimulates one to constantly keep proficient in the administrative, procedural and engineering controls in order to safeguard the patients and staff working with laser systems.
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