I am actually an expert in this field - my current (soon to be "past") career is as a Medical Business Devopment Consultant specializing in medical aesthetic management and training.
I have been helping physicians, clinics and national companies within this field for the past 7 years and am taking a leave to return to school to persue a nursing degree).
With that being said - Im happy to help any nurses out there seeking information on this subject.... :-) Ofcourse Im sure I'll need your knowledge as i study the art of nursing.
Before investing in a costly training program, first seek employment AS IS! The two key factors that most general rn's arent aware of is
1. Your lack of aesthetic experience is sometimes a PLUS to hiring managers as they prefer to train you to their protocol standards and avoid dealing with your previous mind set. However, being naturally great with a needle is good experience to note - as injectables are a big player in aesthetics (fillers, collagen, botox, etc) and they dont want to train an RN who isnt confident with a needle ;-)
2. The BONUS trait, skill and/or experience that a general nurse can have to stand out from the other non aesthetic experienced rn's in CONSULTATIVE SALES or CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS! If youre someone that easily builds relationships with patients, forms trusting bonds with people and feel confident about consulting people to spend money on a medical procedure that they dont necessarily need, however they really want or will look better from - GREAT! Remember, your a medical professional, but specializing in procedures that are OPTIONAL, as opposed to those that patients MUST be treated for (i.e. illness, disease, injury, etc), you have to have a customer service attitude and be able to promote, suggest and offer procedures to all your patients. For example - you're treating a pt with a non ablative laser for issues with facial pignentation, tighting, etc... while doing the procedure you must be evaluating her skin & if needed, offer treatments for other issues she may have (i.e. - "Oh Ms. Smith I think we need to get these two lines across your forehead taken care of before the wrinkles set and are too deep to mend." ) This leads to botox discussion which leads to your patient starting botox treatments. Its a suggestion that leads to consulting that leads to a sale.
The reason I wanted to be so detailed with point number 2 is because alot of times those seeking an aesthetic environment for their medical career do not realize you need to adapt your mind set from insurance type procedures. If you have a great personality, love talking to people, making them beautiful and enjoy suggesting what one needs to attain their aesthetic desires (which cost money - no insurance accepted)... then dont worry, you'll get a job without having formal aesthetic training. :-)
LASTLY... BE CONFIDENT!! HAVE THE "I CAN DO ANYTHING IF YOU JUST SHOW ME HOW" ATTITUDE AND SHOW THEM YOU CAN SELL, BY SELLING YOUR ATTRIBUTES AT THE INTERVIEW!
And if you need any info/advice, im happy to help or if nothing else tell you how/where to get what info you need.