ER RN to Aesthetics/Cosmetics RN with 0 experience in new specialty


Hello everyone!

I am currently an ER nurse who plans on leaving the emergency room to change my specialty to cosmetic/aesthetic nursing.

I get this warm fuzzy feeling on the future of my nursing career whenever I think about this upcoming change this summer!

I will be moving to Houston to find medical spa jobs as a cosmetic/aesthetic nurse. I have 0 experience in this field and am unsure if my tentative plan will work.

I recently just got accepted to dual-masters' MBA/MSN program this fall 2018. My end goal is to become an NP at a medical spa- either work for a well-known medical spa or open my own.

Does anyone have any advice they'd like to share? Where do I begin?

Thank you so much!


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Specializes in Pediatrics, Pediatric Float, PICU, NICU. Has 17 years experience.

My understanding is this field can be extremely hard to break into, especially with no experience and no training, certifications, or education on things such as fillers, etc. The NP route sounds more plausible, though that's based purely on my speculation as I only know a little from casually browsing for PRN aesthetic jobs. If I were you I would search for a job in Houston that will get you here and pay the bills, and then you can talk to local spas and network to make those necessarily connections that could leave to a job. Good luck!


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Has 5 years experience.

I worked in cosmetic/aesthetic nursing for about 3 years. The med spa I worked at provided on site training which some places will do. If experience is required it's usually for the injectable treatments (botox, fillers, etc.) from what I've found. In my experience I had to take a pay cut until I was trained and able to do all procedures on my own. If you can't find a place that will hire without experience have you considered taking a training course? It will cost money but at least you will have a basic knowledge base. I definitely encourage the NP route. I was one of 3 RNs working under the NP (she focused more on treatments like PRP, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and prescribing medications). We had a medical director who was almost never in the office expect to get her treatments done haha. Anyway, hope that helps and good luck to you!