An aesthetic nurse is responsible for administering - or assisting in - a wide range of surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections and skin peels.
Contrary to popular belief, an aesthetic nurse must be a registered nurse or affiliated to the Nursing and Midwifery council(NMC). Some practitioners became nurses with the intention of working within the cosmetic surgery; however, many aesthetic nurses worked within the NHS before making the change. Employment does not always rely on specific cosmetic qualifications, but an NVQ level 3 in beauty therapy will give candidates a distinct advantage. Some employers will also provide formal training for their staff in electrolysis, skin peels, teeth whitening and several other associated disciplines.
Most of this work is carried out in private clinics and salons, and candidates will need to demonstrate a commercial awareness that is not necessary in regular nursing posts. Recruitment agencies will also be looking for applicants who have excellent communication skills, as this work involves administering some uncomfortable medical procedures to concerned customers. Roles that involve administering injections will require candidates to have previous experience and a nurse prescriber certificate.
This form of cosmetic health-care is currently experiencing significant growth, so there are ample opportunities for experienced and qualified nurses. The salary can vary depending on a clinic's specialisms, but a registered nurse can expect to receive a salary of between £20,000 and £35,000.