There are a handful of nurses that come out of school and know that they want to go into aesthetics. For others though, they may take a different path to get to that destination. A common transition we get a lot is someone looking to make the transition from an ER Hospital Nurse to the aesthetics field.
There are a number of reasons why an individual would make the switch from a hospital/emergency room setting to a more clinical setting in the aesthetics industry. Those can include:
- Nurses work long, unpredictable hours at the hospital which involve being on your feet and running around during your shift. When you work in an aesthetic clinic, you have a more set schedule during normal business hours.
- Hospitals can be very stressful and very intense. An aesthetic clinic is a more easy-going, lower-stress environment.
- Hospital settings can be an emotional roller coaster with patients coming and going through a revolving door. In an aesthetic practice, you tend to have a more set group of patients and clients, and you have more of a choice who you want to work with.
So how do you make the transition?
Well, like most aspects of this industry, the answer depends on the state you live in but we’ll do our best to explain the basics.
- The first thing you’ll want to do is look up the rules and regulations around injecting in your state. This is critical to establishing your next steps.
- Find a practicing physician that will take you under their wing and help train and educate you through the process. You’ll want to be extra sure that the physician you choose has the patient’s best interest in mind, and not the bottom line. You want to be practicing legally and ethically for the sake of your patient’s and your license, so it’s crucial to find a physician that doesn’t encourage you to perform procedures that you shouldn’t be doing. In many states, you’ll need to have a medical director supervise or sponsor you.
- Take certifications and classes. Here at AAI, we offer fundamental trainings in Neurotoxin and Dermal Filler injections. A lot of the courses in the industry are for CME credits, which is what we offer. If you are looking for some sort of certification, you can check out the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board (PSNCB), which offers two types of certification: the Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse (CPSN) and the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS). While these certifications may not be a requirement in your state, they certainly will add credibility to your resume and may set you apart from your competitors
- Network, Network, Network. Grow your network, talk to people in the industry, continue to grow and develop and you will flourish in the industry.
Many medical professionals make the transition from being an Emergency Room Nurse to the aesthetics world to escape the high-stress environment that comes with the ER. But many also feel a calling to work in the aesthetics industry. The industry allows for medical professionals to express their creativity and artistic abilities, spend more time with and form relationships with patients, and build a fulfilling career. So if you’re ready to make the transition to the aesthetic industry, give us a call today. We’d love to point you in the right direction!