An interesting phenomenon is underway. More and more nurses (and even doctors and dentists) are making a career pivot they never anticipated. Whether they’re pediatric RNs, emergency care PAs, women’s health PNs, OBY/GYNs, or orthodontists, diverse healthcare practitioners are pursuing aesthetic nurse training and moving into aesthetic medicine. So, what’s driving this migration? The answer is a surprising one. But before we reveal the answer, let’s first set the record straight on what’s not behind these career shifts.
A Lack of Care for Their Patients
Nurses and other healthcare practitioners aren’t switching specialties because they lack care for their patients. In fact, the vast majority of those working in the medical profession report that the opportunity to serve and support their patients is the most rewarding aspect of their career.
A Lack of Love for Their Profession
A nurse rarely undertakes the arduous process of becoming qualified to practice medicine without feeling passionate about the profession. While there will always be those in any discipline who realize at some point they’re in the wrong field, such individuals represent only a tiny minority.
The Surprising Reason Behind the Move to Aesthetic Medicine
So, if nurses and other healthcare practitioners aren’t leaving their current specialty due to a lack of care for their patients or love for their profession, why are they making the move to aesthetic medicine?
Surprisingly, the reason behind this move often lies precisely in the fact that hospital bureaucracies, managed care models, and conventional clinical practice often get in the way of delivering high-quality care. Managed care, in particular, has a way of turning the healing arts and the close relationship between healers and patients into a cold, transactional, increasingly automated, impersonal affair. As many bioethicists have warned and researchers have proven, this runs the risk of dehumanizing patients, as well as those attempting to care for them.
Frankly, many nurses and doctors are fed up with working within these models and systems and everything that tends to come with them:
- Long hours, unpredictable shifts, and the frequent need to work weekends
- The expectation to assume an increasing number of responsibilities without commensurate pay
- Reductions in the right to exercise professional judgment and personal autonomy due to inflexible, “paint-by-numbers” approaches to patient care
- Work environments characterized by aesthetic sterility that are less than warmly welcoming and thoughtfully designed
- Excessive “office politics” generated by the dizzying layers of hierarchy that constitute the institutional practice of medicine
- Having to navigate the complexities (and many would say the indignities) of interfacing with insurance companies
- The feeling of having lost their “spark” and finding that although they love their profession, they’re increasingly dissatisfied with their job
Aesthetic Medicine as An Alternative and Antidote
Aesthetic medicine seems almost custom-designed to function as an alternative and antidote to everything nurses and other healthcare practitioners are fed up with. By pivoting into aesthetic medicine, all the above challenges become irrelevant. Let’s take a look.
- 9-5-ish hours Monday through Friday are the norm, increasing work/life balance
- Responsibilities tend to be either fixed or actively co-negotiated as need be
- Practitioners are not only free but encouraged to exercise their best medical judgment
- Work environments are deliberately designed to be warm, welcoming, and upscale
- Office politics are reduced when complex hierarchies are no longer part of the equation
- Medical aesthetics are elective procedures, so insurance isn’t part of the equation
- Aesthetics practitioners experience a renewed sense of inspiration and newfound satisfaction in caring for patients without the constraints of managed care
Thinking About Making a Move Into Aesthetic Medicine?
If you’ve found yourself inwardly nodding yes to much of what we’ve discussed in this piece, there’s a good chance that pivoting to aesthetic medicine might be one of the best career moves you’ll ever make. At AAAMS (The American Association of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery), we put top-tier, fully-accredited aesthetics education within easy, convenient, and affordable reach. Since 2006, we’ve successfully trained more than 5,000 healthcare practitioners worldwide for rewarding careers in aesthetic medicine.
We know that pivoting into a new specialty can sometimes feel both exciting and uncertain, and that’s why we created the AAAMS Aesthetics Network. It’s a professional networking platform that instantly connects you to other healthcare practitioners who are seeking a fresh start in aesthetic medicine, as well as seasoned aesthetics practitioners. It also connects you to mentorship opportunities, a wealth of exclusive learning resources, invitations to industry events, job referrals and listings, and much more.
When you train with AAAMS, you’ll never feel alone along your aesthetics journey, and you’ll enter your new specialty feeling well-networked with other industry practitioners, confident in your skills, and inspired for a new chapter. Visit us to learn more about what makes us industry leaders, explore our aesthetic courses, and get started on your latest and greatest career adventure.
We look forward to training with you!