How to become an aesthetic nurse

The aesthetics industry is growing rapidly each year and we are seeing more nurses make the move into aesthetics to become an aesthetic nurse. With a greater patient contact time, healthier work-life balance, and creativity aspect, it is no surprise the industry is growing. We have put together some important steps you can take if you are interested in pursuing a career as an aesthetic nurse.

Complete a nursing degree

The first step in becoming an aesthetic nurse is to complete a nursing degree. You must complete an approved nursing degree in the UK, such as a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Nursing or an undergraduate diploma in nursing. These programs typically take between three to four years to complete. Another way of becoming a nurse that does not require full-time study at university is through a registered nurse degree apprenticeship (RNDA). You can find out more information on the NHS website by clicking here.

Get NMC registration and gain nursing experience

After completing your nursing qualification, you will be able to register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council). The Nursing and Midwifery Council is the regulator for nursing and midwifery professions in the UK. Once you have successfully registered with the NMC, we would recommend you gain some general nursing experience. This is important to have before moving into the aesthetics industry as a lot of the skills you learn are transferable. Becoming a nurse will help you feel more comfortable working with patients and build your confidence when performing different procedures. Other skills required when becoming an aesthetic nurse would be communication and interpersonal skills. Having all the above skills combined with relevant experience will provide you with a solid foundation for transitioning into aesthetics. We can teach you the best techniques and what to look out for when it comes to dealing with patients in our aesthetic training courses.

Make the move into Aesthetics

Making the move into the aesthetics industry has never been easier. The first step when becoming an aesthetic nurse would be to gain a solid understanding of the industry. This includes learning about all the various treatments available but more importantly, the anatomy and physiology. Having an idea of the treatments you want to offer your patients will help guide you in the training you need to undertake and the direction of your career. Training courses are a fantastic way to learn new skills, treatments, and techniques, and network with other aesthetic practitioners. There are several training courses available when getting started, so finding the right one for you can be difficult. There are a few essential features you must have when attending an aesthetic training course and they are:

The training provider offers a wide range of training from beginner to expert level
All practical training takes place in a clinical environment to reduce the risk of complications
Live model patients are provided for practical training
Unlimited Support – this could be anything from clinical questions to business and marketing.
Aesthetic trainers are medical professionals (surgeons, doctors, dentists, nurses) who have a wealth of knowledge and are highly accredited within their own medical professions.
Opportunities available after attending training

You can find out more about what sets us apart from other aesthetic training providers and why we were awarded the “Best Training Provider” of the year at the 2023 Aesthetic Awards by clicking here.

Obtain insurance and start treating

Once you have completed your initial foundation training and gained your certificate, it’s important to obtain appropriate insurance. There are several reasons why you need insurance to complete aesthetic treatments, such as:
Financial protection: Insurance can help protect you financially by offsetting or covering the expenses associated with your treatments. It also provides a safety net in case of unexpected complications, additional procedures, or unsatisfactory results.
Complications: Your insurance will give you access to medical support in the event of a complication for help and advice.
Peace of mind: Insurance provides safety for you so you can focus on the treatments and patient experience knowing that you have insurance behind you.

We recommend HPPB, a specialised aesthetics insurance company. They are extremely friendly and have a Medical Advisory Board, which can advise you if you have any issues. This support is crucial when dealing with any issues or claims promptly and effectively.

Keep learning and practicing to build your confidence

The aesthetics industry is constantly evolving so it is important to keep up to date. The best way to receive the most up-to-date news and information would be by signing up for newsletters, journals (Aesthetics Journal), and joining networks (CCR & ACE).

Become an aesthetic nurse with Cosmetic Courses

Find out more about Aesthetic Training for Nurses from Cosmetic Courses by clicking here.