Nursing & Esthetics: What are the options for ADNs, BSNs, and MSNs?

The path from nursing to esthetics is a smart transition for those wishing to attain specialized training in medical-grade cosmetic services. A cosmetic nurse, also known as an aesthetic nurse, is a nurse who specializes in aesthetic and cosmetic services like laser skin and hair treatments, liposuction, tattoo removal, CoolSculpting, and aesthetic surgery.

Typically, where do cosmetic nurses work?

  • Medspas
  • Dermatology offices
  • Plastic surgery offices

Well-rounded Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialists can blend their esthetics and nursing licenses in order to administer facial injections (i.e., Botox, Dysport and other neurotransmitters, and fillers like Juvederm, Sculptra, Radiesse, and Restalyne). Aesthetic nurses often help plastic surgeons and dermatologists with cosmetic surgery, provide pre-and post-operative care, and medically screening patients before procedures.

Why make the switch from traditional nursing to aesthetics nursing?  

  • No Crazy Work Schedules: Typically, registered nurses have unpredictable schedules due to medical emergencies or adverse reactions to treatments. Aesthetic nurses enjoy the freedom of working regular hours with no night shifts.
  • Less Stressful Environment: Cosmetic nurses can see improvements their treatment provides and observe the boost of confidence patients get from achieving their individual aesthetic goals.
  • Build Long-Term Relationships: Aesthetic nurses validate patient’s cosmetic worries and concerns. They can improve their physical and psychological quality of life on a more immediate scale. The same patients may return for maintenance or inquire about more treatments, thus breeding patient loyalty.

Through the years, New Age Spa Institute has been the home for many nurses in the full 750-hours Esthetics program. There is nothing more exciting to us than to watch our alumni land their dream jobs.

Some may believe that it’s good enough to only train for clinical aesthetics, but many of our own graduates have found it far easier to attain their dream job through dual licensing. It’s an investment that will lead you one step closer to a more independent life.

Create the lifestyle you deserve. Wherever you are on your journey to becoming a cosmetic nurse, Clinical Aesthetics training at NASI is a step toward your ultimate goal. NASI’s Esthetics Licensed Program and Clinical Aesthetics Certification both offer two path options for those who want to boost their career to the next level.

What services can aesthetic nurses perform?

  • Laser and IPL (i.e., SculpSure)
  • IPL Hair removal and Photofacial
  • Body Sculpting (I.e., CoolSculpting)
  • Grade 3 and Grade 4 Acne Reduction Treatments
  • Laser Tattoo Removal
  • Fat and Cellulite Reduction (i.e., LipoDissolve and other forms of mesotherapy)
  • Radio Frequency Skin Tightening
  • Dermaplaning (also called Epidermal Leveling)
  • Camouflage Makeup
  • Advanced Skin Assessments with Wood’s Lamps and Image Capturing Diagnostics
  • Hydro Facial

What are salary averages?

Nationwide, the average nurse makes between $35-$40/per hour. The aesthetic nurse salary nationwide average is $43/hour with the potential to reach brackets of triple figures.

In 2021, medical aesthetics was a $16 Billion dollar industry with over 5,000 MedSpas open for business nationwide. Whether you decide to stay in Illinois or move across the country, spend more time at home with family and friends, or whatever your reason, making the choice to enter a booming health field market is a career move worth considering.

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