We are currently seeing an increasing number of nurses looking to transition into the role of aesthetic nurse. The promise of a healthier work-life balance, personal interests in the field, and a desire to become involved in something more creative can all be credited towards this trend of nurses looking to switch to medical aesthetics. As the demand for aesthetic treatments continues to rise in the UK, many nurses recognise the potential for career progression and personal fulfilment within the field of cosmetic treatments. 

What Steps are Needed to become an Aesthetic Nurse?

Training to become a Nurse:

To become an aesthetics nurse, you’ll firstly need a degree in nursing ( Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Nursing demands proficiency and the ability to make important clinical decisions. Around half of a nursing degree is spent on placements in hospital and community settings in order to gain hands-on experience.

Clinical Experience

If your end goal is to become an aesthetics nurse, during your degree course, try to prioritise gaining experience in relevant clinical settings such as medical-surgical nursing, dermatology, or plastic surgery. This will help you gain experience in patient assessment and communication and build a skill set relevant to aesthetic nursing.

Become a Registered Nurse

Once you have gained a nursing qualification, you will need to register with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council), they are the regulating body for Nursing and Midwifery here in the UK.

How to Transition to become an Aesthetics Nurse

If you are a newly qualified nurse or have been working as a nurse for many years, then making the transition to become an aesthetics nurse is easy. It’s going to be important to start learning and understanding the aesthetic treatments currently available in the UK, as well as the specific anatomy and physiology of the head and neck. 

There are many training academies for aesthetics in the UK and training courses that offer the opportunity to train in aesthetics, learn about treatments and techniques, and connect with fellow aspiring and already established aesthetic professionals.

Aesthetics Courses for Nurses

The best educational programs are offered by certified aesthetics training institutes and will be carried out by qualified medical professionals. It is essential to choose a reputable training program led by experienced instructors and recognised by relevant regulatory bodies such as the CPD Certification Service.

If you are completely new to aesthetics then starting with a course such as a Foundation Botox® & Fillers Course is a fantastic place to start. You could then progress to an Advanced Botox® Training Course or complete courses on advanced techniques such as Tear Trough Rejuvenation, PRP training, or Non Surgical Rhinoplasty Training. 

All of the courses taught here at the Azthetics Training Academy in Bristol are suitable for Nurses who are looking to make the transition into medical aesthetics. Our courses are delivered under the expert guidance of Dr Mahmoud Aziz and Dr Tom MacDonagh, who both have many years of experience in aesthetic medicine. They are co-directors of Azthetics, and have clinics in Bristol, Weston Super Mare and Taunton.

Tips from Dr Tom MacDonagh and Dr Mahmoud Aziz

Based on their own career journeys, Dr Tom MacDonagh and Dr Mahmoud Aziz would like to share some of their tips for any nurse or medical professional looking to transition into aesthetics.

Dr Tom MacDonagh says;

“Networking and building relationships is particularly important when you are starting out in the aesthetics industry, especially if you are looking to make a name for yourself in the future. Attending industry events, conferences, and workshops will enable you to network, exchange knowledge, and stay up to date whilst meeting and building your network of aesthetic nurses, cosmetic surgeons, dermatologists, and skincare specialists.

I’d recommend signing up for the weekly newsletter from The Aesthetics Journal and keeping an eye on events such as CCR London and Aesthetics Conference, which both offer informative conference and exhibition experiences for anyone wishing to keep up to date with non-surgical aesthetics manufacturers, suppliers, products, techniques, trends and more.”

Dr Mahmoud Aziz says;

“If you are looking for job opportunities, then research all the aesthetic clinics, medical spas, dermatology practices, and plastic surgery centres in your area. Even if they do not mention they are hiring, don’t be afraid to reach out to any that you particularly admire and let them know why you are specifically interested in working for them. 

Always tailor any application materials or initial contact to align with the specific requirements and preferences of each potential employer. Explain why you are a good fit for them and what your aspirations are.” 

Dr Tom MacDonagh adds:

“Transitioning into a career in aesthetics can offer any nurse the opportunity to combine clinical expertise with a passion for aesthetics and personal well-being. Due to the industry’s rapid growth, anyone looking to become an aesthetic nurse will be able to further their career development with creativity, meaningful patient interactions and a better work-life balance. It’s never been a better time for nurses to make a change in medical aesthetics. Take a look at all the Aesthetics Training Courses for Nurses we offer here at the Azthetics Training Academy in Bristol and get your career journey off to the best possible start.”

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