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About Cosmetic Nurse Jobs
Cosmetic nurse jobs (also known as aesthetic nurse jobs) involve assisting patients to improve their body appearances, generally on the face but also on other areas of the body (e.g. nipple tattooing for mastectomy patients). In a cosmetic nurse job you will care for patients who have been disfigured either through an accident or trauma, from illness or disease, or from birth or genetic defects. Many cosmetic nursing jobs help people with anti-ageing procedures and skin care.
To qualify for a cosmetic nurse job vacancy, you will need to have completed your nursing training (either diploma or degree) and be registered with the NMC. You must then gain experience either in a cosmetic unit or practice or in a pharmaceutical, cosmetic or skin care company. In these settings, you can undergo further post graduate or short training programmes to improve your skills and knowledge. The Healthcare Commission has set standards, recognising the NMC Code of Conduct (with emphasis on the competency of a registered nurse’s practice), where the registered nurse must be trained and have documentary evidence of competency in cosmetic procedures. You will require this to be considered for any vacancies for cosmetic nurse jobs to ensure you can give the best advice and treatment to your patient.
Cosmetic nurse jobs are often frowned upon by other health professionals due to the commercialisation component. What is overlooked is that people who are disfigured are often lonely and depressed and have a poor quality of life. Cosmetic nursing jobs can make a huge contribution to turning this around, improving appearance and significantly raising the patient’s status and quality of life.
There are cosmetic units within the NHS where you can look for vacancies for cosmetic nurse jobs, although these only perform procedures on patients when medically justified. Most vacancies for cosmetic nursing jobs are in the private sector. There are large cosmetic units and centres where you can seek employment or you can start your own practice (remembering that any cosmetic facility must be registered with the Healthcare Commission or its equivalent in the UK). Whilst you can find vacancies for full time employment, many Cosmetic Nurses take part time or temporary work as an additional income to their full-time nursing employment or to fit in with their lifestyle.
Duties for cosmetic nurse jobs will include:
- History taking and assessment - both physically and psychologically - especially to ensure that the patient is requesting help for the ‘right’ reasons, i.e. they do not have body dismorphia or unrealistic expectations
- Discussions with and preparation of the patient
- Collagen injections
- Fine line removal injections and other dermal fillers
- Facial peels
- Medical Micro-dermabrasion
- Laser hair removal
- Photo-rejuvenation therapy
- Skin care consultation and advice
- Assisting a Cosmetic Surgeon where required during consultations and treatments
There is often a commercial element to cosmetic nurse jobs in selling both procedures (surgical and non-surgical) and products to clients. Hence the Healthcare Commissions Standards and the need to remind the registered nurse of the NMC Code of Conduct.
To be successful at a cosmetic nurse job, you will need to be:
- Professional and trustworthy at all times
- Caring, compassionate and empathetic
- Prepared to improve your skills and knowledge and maintain your CDP points
- excellent with communication and interpersonal skills
- very organised with good stamina and manual dexterity
- able to work as part of a team
- Self-confident and pro-active
With the growth in non-surgical cosmetic treatments and society’s value on a persons looks, cosmetic nurse jobs are growing in number and opportunities to help make a difference in someone’s life.
If you'd like to find out more about cosmetic nurse jobs we've written about it in even greater detail here: What are cosmetic nurse jobs about?