What Types of Nurses Work in Cosmetic Practices?
Cosmetic nurses focus on cosmetic and dermatologic procedures and assist physicians with the procedures provided in that practice. They also perform less invasive procedures, such as administering injections like Jeuveau™, dermal fillers, and performing laser treatments as offered by the practice.
Nurses in a practice may specialize in a specific area, such as injections, laser technology, and dermatology treatments. They’re skilled at assessing skin-related health concerns, performing procedures such as laser therapy, tattoo removal, facial rejuvenation injections, microneedling, skin resurfacing, body sculpting such as CoolSculpting, and chemical peels. For these specialties, nurses can assess a patient’s concerns, recommend an optimal treatment, carry out that treatment, and perform post-treatment care.
RN, BSN, and NP Nurses
There are many educational pathways a nurse may take, including becoming a licensed Registered Nurse, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and becoming a Nurse Practitioner.
Registered Nurses make up the largest healthcare occupation, and an RN is often required before pursuing a specialty. RNs are licensed and have the expansive medical knowledge to care for their patients, offer emotional support and education about particular health concerns, and assist with specialized procedures.
BSN nurses have a 4-year degree in Nursing and are more often specialists in their chosen field. This specialization allows more hands-on patient care and in the cosmetic and dermatology fields, this means greater expertise in specific non-invasive procedures such as laser treatments and injection specialties.
NP nurses have advanced clinical training, and are certified to diagnose illnesses, treat medical conditions, and provide evidence-based health education to their patients. NPs are licensed to prescribe medication as necessary and are qualified to treat patients in a clinical setting much like physicians do.