Nurse practitioners often step into leadership roles and assume additional patient care responsibilities beyond those of a standard nurse. While they don’t perform surgery, they do treat patients with common procedures like botox injections, laser treatment, and sclerotherapy for removing varicose veins. Nurse practitioners must undergo higher schooling and additional aesthetic training because these procedures require trained hands and additional knowledge.
This higher degree of education comes with many benefits, and it can make the field very rewarding to those who pursue it. If you want to expand your skills and continue your education beyond a traditional nursing role, here’s a quick overview of how to become a certified aesthetic nurse practitioner and what the role means in medical practice.
What Is A Nurse Practitioner?
The primary difference between nurses and nurse practitioners is the experience and additional educational requirements. RNs must acquire a registered nursing degree, but nurse practitioners require that same degree along with further education. It takes much longer to become a nurse practitioner.
Nurse practitioners can form close relationships with patients and work collaboratively with physicians, but their role doesn’t require an on-call schedule like a doctor’s role does. Additionally, experienced nurse practitioners can start their own practice. A medical spa, for example, is a combination of a medical clinic and a spa, and these establishments employ both aestheticians and certified aesthetic nurse practitioners to complete non-surgical treatments like chemical peels, injections, and laser treatments. While these spas employ nurses, nurse practitioners assume additional responsibilities closer to those of physicians.
Becoming A Nurse Practitioner
To become a nurse practitioner, you must first become a registered nurse. This is because a nurse practitioner, as we pointed out, is a lot like nursing with additional responsibilities and benefits. The steps for this process include:
- Studying for your RN Degree
- Passing the NCLEX-RN for your nursing license
- Completing courses for your specialty certifications
Once you are licensed as a registered nurse, you can take your education further. Becoming a nurse practitioner requires an advanced degree either through a Master of Science in Nursing or a Doctor of Nursing Practice.
The transition from a nurse role to a nurse practitioner position requires experience. While you will be ready to become a nurse practitioner through licensure, you will need experience before a medical spa or private practice clinic will consider you. Many aesthetic nurse practitioners start their own practice as well, but clients will still want to know that they are inexperienced hands. When you’re just getting started, increasing your list of certifications can help with your initial experience as well.
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Earning Aesthetic Certifications
As a nurse practitioner, you will still need to earn certifications from Introduction to Aesthetics to aesthetic specialties like CE Accredited Facial Aesthetics 101. You can complete the aesthetic courses and earn the certifications while training as a nurse, studying for your advanced nursing degree, or after education. The time you earn the certifications does not matter as long as you complete them before vying for aesthetic positions. Just remember to keep the certifications up to date while you are working to gain sufficient experience.
We at AAAMS always advise nurses, physicians, and students interested in entering the aesthetic specialty to find a community of peers and teachers as well as a source of education to accompany your degree. That’s why we began the AAAMS Aesthetics Network. We want to give aspiring professionals the chance to learn more about the field, gain valuable experience, and consult with experts along the way.