Over 33,000 nurses left the NHS last year alone, and many more are unhappy with their job, feeling underpaid, overworked and abandoned by their government. You may feel the same but are afraid to quit and search for better working conditions elsewhere. However, there is an upcoming field of nursing that is attracting many people in your position that you should definitely consider.
Non-surgical cosmetic treatments have seen a rise in the past few years as more people are looking for innovative new ways to avoid the risks of surgery while still gaining the cosmetic benefits. Nurses are starting to realise that they can find work in this sector very easily, as they already possess many of the necessary skills. As you already understand the basics, this makes transitioning into this career path much quicker as all it takes is attending a short course. And, once you have mastered one or two treatments you could find regular work in a local clinic, doing much more sociable hours with better pay, or even start your own business for total flexibility, whilst still keeping the job satisfaction.
Read on to learn more about the five best cosmetic courses for nurses, what they involve and how they can help both you to grow your skills and potentially your business – all while boosting your client’s confidence.
One of the most popular cosmetic treatments that many nurses to branch into is Botox and Fillers. This combined course uses their previous medical experience in injections and transfers it for cosmetic purposes. The course will cover the two treatments over two days, offering intense training that teaches students various procedure techniques.
The course will cover how to use Botulinum Toxin for wrinkle relaxing on the forehead, frown lines and fine lines around the eyes as well as using dermal fillers for lip volume, the lip border, the cheeks and the area between the nose and mouth.
Nurses wanting a career change can learn about the history and application of dermal fillers and Botox, as well as practice injection techniques to help enhance their skills. The curriculum extensively covers all areas surrounding this practice, including anatomy of the skin, allergies, pharmacology, life support and clinic set-up to name a few.
Pressotherapy is a treatment used for lymph drainage, detoxification and the reduction of cellulite. It helps the body rid itself of toxins, helping oxygen reach the tissue revitalising the areas treated. This can redefine the legs, stomach and arms, sliming the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite.
Using inflatable multi-chambered equipment on the body, Pressotherapy works by increasing circulation and lymph flow, reducing bloating, oedema and swelling. This increases the oxygen content throughout the whole body and lessens any pain.
As nurses have experience in health and safety, hygiene and sterilisation, the theory side of the course should be much easier for them to grasp. This means their learning can be more efficient, using their course time to ask questions regarding the practical elements.
Nurses can train on the Phlebotomy course, learning how to cleanse, tone, exfoliate and identify various skin types as well as prepare skills for other treatments. As one of the cheaper courses in our list, it is perfect for those wanting to rack up an extensive list of skills before opening their business or clinic.
The course covers the basics of everything you need to know about facials and skincare. You learn about skin diagnosis, skin disorders and diseases, cleansing, toning and mask application. As well as general skin care, you will also cover the basics of PRP, Dermaroller and Dermapen, preparing you for future courses.
Within the theory, you will also cover anatomy, physiology, the anatomy of the vein, consultation and potential complications. Phlebotomy allows you to use skills you may already possess as a nurse such as how to use a tourniquet and infection control. However, unlike hospital work, you can work with your patients from start to finish, seeing a positive skin improvement at the end of their treatment.
Injectable Mesotherapy involves the superficial injecting of products into the skin using a tapping method. This can include enzymes, vitamins and minerals that are then infused into the top layers of the skin. As you age your body slows the production of these naturally, so Mesotherapy replenishes the client’s depleting stores, revitalises their skin, and gives it a healthy boost. The skin then appears brighter and smoother, and it even slows down the ageing process.
As well as learning the practical skills, of which nurses should already be knowledgeable in, the curriculum includes skin assessments, treatment plans and how to identify a suitable client. As nurses working in the NHS don’t get to pick and choose their patients, understanding what makes a good and suitable client is a necessary skill to learn.
PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as the famous Vampire Facial favoured by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian-West. With this course, you also cover the Dermaroller and how both treatments can be used to help improve clients’ skin health. This course is perfect for nurses who have already taken the Phlebotomy course to gain general knowledge before seeking out treatment specific courses to build the foundations of their new business.
PRP is based on injections, a skill most nurses already know. The procedure involves taking a small amount of your client’s blood which is then ‘spun’ to separate its components. Then the platelet-rich plasma is isolated before being injected into the treatment area using a fine needle. This helps to stimulate tissue growth and collagen production, giving their skin a natural boost.
Many nurses are unhappy in the NHS for a variety of reasons. But, you shouldn’t let the fear of change keep you in a job that you dislike. Nurses already possess many of the skills needed to become a cosmetic nurse and find more job satisfaction, flexibility and money. If you are interested in any of the courses mentioned in this blog, then contact Advanced Aesthetics Training today for more information. We are an industry-leading training centre that has helped countless professionals grow and extend their skills.