Nurse estheticians are nurses who have complemented their rigorous training and health care knowledge with additional training in skincare. These nurses may perform procedures such as Botox injections, microdermabrasion and other cosmetic services such as the application of permanent makeup, cosmetic tattooing and chemical facial peels. Nurse estheticians must have a registered nurse certification and be in good standing with their state board of nursing.
Choosing a Nursing Program
The laws governing RN's differ from state to state, in many cases, you can become a registered nurse by completing either an associate or bachelor's program in nursing. Although both paths can lead to an RN certification, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests that while the job outlook for nurses is strong, RN's with bachelor-level training stand to have better employment prospects than those with associate-level or certification-based training. In contrast, you may be able to complete an associate degree in nursing more quickly than a bachelor's degree, which can be ideal for someone anxious to move into the workforce or considering a career change.
Preparing for Nursing School
While the specific prerequisite admission requirements can vary by each nursing school, students interested in a nursing career typically are expected to take courses in biological sciences, chemistry, and human anatomy and physiology before entering a nursing program. Because nursing class sizes are relatively small when compared to traditional colleges and universities, admissions to nursing schools tends to be competitive, with a strong emphasis placed on your math and science grade-point average. In addition to academic performance, prior experience, leadership qualities and active community service can strengthen your application.
Completing nursing school is just the beginning to your career in nursing. Immediately after graduation, you should focus your efforts on obtaining your state license and RN certification. In many states, this involves registering with your state board of nursing or state board of medical examiners and passing the National Council Licensure Examination-RN. While your RN will enable you to work in a variety of settings, seeking employment in a setting the practices medical esthetics can give you insight into the profession.
At the time of this publication, there are no nationally recognized guidelines for nurse esthetics certifications offered through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses or other major nursing certification providers. However, procedure-specific education and training is often available from medical esthetics institutes, such as the Association of Medical Esthetic Nurses. Consult with your state board of nursing to identify any limitations and guidelines to practice as an esthetician in your state.