Now more than ever, nurses have so many exciting career specialties to choose from! Nurses work in just about any career field imaginable these days, with new jobs being created every day. That’s one of the things that excites me the most about my choice to pursue a degree in nursing! In this blog post, I’m going to tell you about a specialty in nursing that’s been growing in popularity… the aesthetic nurse, also known as a cosmetic nurse.
What is an Aesthetic Nurse?
An aesthetic nurse is a licensed nurse who uses their specialized training to provide cosmetic services to clients. Some nurses receive on-the-job training, while others may choose to pay out of pocket for certifications and training in order to increase their chances of getting into the field of aesthetics. Nurses in this field often work in medical spas, clinics, or dermatologists’ offices, and tend to work a more regular schedule of 8-hour shifts for 5 days a week.
Some of the types of procedures that an aesthetic nurse may perform include:
- Botox and neurotoxin injections.
- Dermal fillers.
- Tattoo removal.
- Laser hair removal.
- Photofacials and Hydrafacials.
- Body contouring.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
- IV Vitamin Hydration.
- And others!
What does the day-to-day job look like?
According to Nurse.org, the job duties of the aesthetic nurse may include:
- Teaching clients about the different procedures that meet their needs, as well as making sure any questions are answered.
- Recommend products and services that may interest the client.
- Schedule clients for procedures.
- Medical and health history screening.
- Perform pre and post-procedure care.
- The nurse may either assist a physician with a procedure or may perform procedures within their scope of practice.
How much money does an Aesthetic Nurse make?
According to the Ziprecruiter website, the nationwide average salary for an aesthetic nurse is $88,594, which is roughly $42.59 per hour or $1,703 per week. However, the 90th percentile of nurses in this field make $120,000+ per year! Of course, salary may vary depending on your geographic location, hours worked, job benefits, type of facility you work, and certifications earned. You can use the link above to head to the Ziprecruiter website, where you can type in your city or zip code to find out the salary in your area.
Also, keep in mind that some facilities offer additional pay based on commission, and some places allow clients to leave a tip for their services received. Lastly, you may also make extra money for client referrals.
How do I become an Aesthetic Nurse?
Of course, the first step to becoming an aesthetic nurse is to get licensed as an RN! You can have any degree that leads to becoming a registered nurse including ADN, BSN, and any advanced practice degrees. Although you can try to start applying for a job right out of school, it’s likely that you will need to gain some experience as a floor nurse for at least 1-2 years before you’ll be considered for a job in aesthetics.
Since the field of aesthetics can be quite competitive, you might want to consider getting certified as an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. The requirements are:
- Be a current licensed RN and hold a full and unrestricted license.
- At least 1,000 practice hours within the core specialties during the last 2 years.
- At least 2 years of nursing experience within the 4 core specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT) for at least 3 years.
- Have your application endorsed.
Where can I find more information?
- American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery – Find tons of information, which includes more details on courses and certifications you may need to get before becoming an aesthetic nurse.
- Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board. Get certified as an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist.
- YouTube channels – check out the videos from this blog post and then head to their channels for more videos. Also, try a quick YouTube search!
Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about a career as an aesthetic nurse! Want to learn more about another nursing specialty? Let me know in the comments and I’ll research it for a future blog post. 🙂
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