I began school to become an RN last fall, with the intent of working in the field of plastic surgery. I find a lot stigma, misconception, and the need to defend my choice of specialty. For that reason, I'm currently writing a research paper for school entitled, "Plastic Please: Why Registered Nurses Should Choose Plastic Surgery Over Hospital Work". I want to be as well-informed about my choice as possible.
Being a licensed esthetician, I love the beauty industry and skin care. However, having a background in physician contracting and credentialing, I've dealt a lot with professional liability insurance, malpractice claims, licensure, etc. Because of this, I feel that the beauty industry at the cosmetology level is not "careful" or procedural enough - that the health and safety of the public is at great risk. Initially I wanted to work in a medi-spa, but realized that nursing was probably a much better fit.
I love that in the field of nursing the ability to specialize and the opportunity and need for continuing education is limitless. But, I am accustomed to office work, office hours, and benefits. Nursing burnout seems to stem from long shifts, understaffing, constant exposure to contagious disease, depressing enviornment, etc. Working in a private plastic surgery practice seems to curtail a lot of the negatives of nursing. I love helping people and making them feel beautiful - it's not just an outer appearance vanity, but their self-esteem, and general sense of well-being and happiness.