Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner
Job Description (What the job involves)
Non-surgical cosmetic treatments include: Anti-wrinkle treatments by injection including Botox & Dermal Filler, Laser and intense pulsed light (IPL), Laser hair reduction/removal , Dermaroller, Mesotherapy, Lip Enhancement, Omnilux, Coolsculpt, Chemical peels and Microdermabrasion to name a few.
Main duties and responsibilities
- Aesthetic Nurse Practitioners work closely with a Dermatologist, Medical Aesthetician and a Non-Surgical Co ordinator to provide and offer non-surgical services.
- All Practitioners are accountable for maintaining and updating client records while the client is present; recording date and time of agreed proposal and documenting results from the previous session as well as noting down the planned forthcoming treatment(s).
- They are responsible for patient care, assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of treatments to ensure the best outcomes for the patient.
- They must ensure the storage, administration and ordering of Botox, Fillers and other Injectables; as well as prescribed products in accordance to company policies and guidelines.
- They must undertake and participate in relevant audits within the non-surgical clinic and to ensure that stock levels are maintained and recorded to ensure that the appropriateand efficient use of supplies are being administrated.
- Aesthetic Nurse Practitioners must take responsibility to attend training sessions and keep upto date with all clinical and professional developments.
In addition they:
- Are responsible for the development of a client base within the non-surgical department.
- Work as part of a non-surgical team that provides the highest level of patient care.
- Practice independently on all non- surgical treatments in line with company policies and protocols.
Hours and Working Environment
Usually Practitioners work from Cosmetic Surgery Groups, Clinics, Beauty Salons and Hairdressers typically working 24-40 hours per week (dependant on demand and whether you are working for a company or are self employed).
Upsides and Downsides
The work is incredibly rewarding for those Non-Surgical Nurse Practitioners who are commercially minded and are passionate about aesthetic treatments. The Non-Surgical industry is highly competitive; with the marketing drive encouraging and enlisting the help of variable mediums to tap into the consumers psyche.
As Non-surgical treatments continue to become increasingly popular and there is an ever increasing demand for new revolutionary techniques, developments and trends; there is also a need to reflect on the most effective non-surgical treatment/product range for the consumer as well as for a business/commercial success.
Skills and Personal Qualities
- Professional - Practitioners must adhere to a strict code of conduct at all times
- Organised - Must be highly organised and responsible for their own work
- Be empathetic and uphold confidentiality - not all clients are the same and most want to be treated with as much tact and prudence as possible and all practitioners must be aware of this.
- Must be friendly/approachable and trustworthy - It is essential to build rapport with clients to enable the Practitioner to fully understand what procedure the client wants, what treatment is most suitable and how it will benefit their overall treatment plan.
- Honesty and knowing your limitations - Clients always appreciate it, if you are able to say that you cannot perform a treatment, it is always best to be realistic. With so many options and choices for other Non-Surgical treatments, you can recommend another or refer them to a more experienced colleague.
- Current - it is essential to always be up to date with topics concerning Non-surgical treatments/procedures.
You must be a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and hold a Non-Medical Prescribing (V300) qualification.
RGN qualification - A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or equivalent, plus two/three A levels or equivalent (dependent on which university you have applied to to study for your nursing diploma/degree.You can qualify as a Registered nurse after a four year, full time Course at University. Length of time of course is dependant on whether it is a degree or a diploma and whether it is full time or part time.
Non-medical prescribing qualification - In addition, to becoming a Non-Surgical Practitioner after qualifying as a nurse, you will also have to qualify as Non-Medical Prescriber (V300). This is a 3 year course and it is designed to offer the practitioner the knowledge and skills to prescribe safely. Dependant on which company you work for; they can also provide you with supervised training/work whilst you undertake this qualification.
Opportunities and Progression
Once you have gained experience within the field of Aesthetics as a Non-Surgical Nurse Practitioner, you can further develop your career by:
- Becoming an Aesthetic Representative teaching techniques and visiting many clinics keeping them up to date on developments.
- Opening your own business – Though challenging, this is incredibly rewarding.
- Becoming an Events Speaker – Reach out to thousands of people, increasing awareness.
- Setting up Blogs, forums and write editorials or lend your service as a technical writer.
Non-Surgical Practitioners including Beauty Therapists have most recently been under the spotlight for lack of regulated training; leaving clients exposed to all sorts of risks and dangers. The Department of Health, released a review in April 2013 to discuss tighter laws and regulations within Non-Surgical and Surgical procedures. The report outlined a need for recognised qualifications and training for all Non-Surgical Practitioners. It also details the need for dermal filler treatments to be prescription only. A planned insurance for patient care and information will be created for best practice if something goes wrong, has also been reviewed.
At the moment Non-Surgical providers only require basic and minimal safety checks and injectables can be legally administrated and injected by Beauty Therapists, Registered Nurses, Doctors, and Dentists. Tighter regulations will provide a clearer outline for administrators of Non-Surgical Procedures.
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Potential Salary and Benefits
It can be difficult giving a definitive figure on pay as it can be dependent on the location and size of the business together with your experience. As a rough guide the salary range for aesthetic nurse practitioners/prescribers is £28,000 to £40,000 + commission. Part time positions would be on a pro rata basis of the salary range