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I worked in a long term care facility for 14 years, but burnt out and quit this past summer to try a different path. I thought medical esthetics sounded interesting, but found AFTER the fact I would need my RN (I am an LPN) as well as an esthetician's license to get hired anywhere. Then I considered becoming a salon esthetician, but learned they make only half of what I brought home as an LPN. Now I feel lost and regret my decision to leave the career I had for so long. I suppose I could go sulking back to my old job, but I made such a case about "moving on" with my life - it would be humiliating!
I never realized I needed experience before I could be certified in med. esthetics. Before I became a nurse I was certified as a nursing assistant, phlebotomist, EKG tech, and even as an eyelash extensionist without any prior experience. The AMEN seminar seems to cover just about every skill you'd need to work at a med spa, but I'm not eligible without 2000 hrs of experience. I could take a separate course in Botox injection, but I would still need 1000 hrs of hands on experience. I have been calling around my local spa/doctor's offices for on the job training opportunities, but they all want someone with some prior training in esthetics. I feel like I'm chasing my tail. Looks like I'm going to esthetician school!
I just checked out the AMEN site and was excited to see they offer a 2 day certification course in medical aesthetics for about $300. The next seminar is in Las Vegas this October, and even with flight & hotel expense it will still cost less than going to esthetician school. Not to mention I wouldn't have to waste time learning about blush & mascara, which seems to be a mandatory part of esthetician programs. This seminar seemed to be what I was looking for. HOWEVER - on further inspection of the requirements to attend, it states you must have a MINIMUM of 2000 hours botox experience, or 1000 hours botox exp. with documented attendance of an 8 hour class! This is so frustrating! It appears I need to have the job before I can get the certification. Isn't this a little backwards? I assumed getting certified would help me get a job!
Hi - I'm new here. What happened to the thread? Your posts ended so ubruptly in May. Did everyone go to a new site? I am an LPN with 14 years experience desperately trying to break out of the nursing home rut. Contemplating nurse aesthetician, but you all seem to be RNs. Is it not possible for LPNs to attend nurse aesthetician classes/ seminars? Am I better off becoming a licensed aesthetician? Here in New England they don't earn half of what LPNs make. Would prefer to work under my nursing license. Not sure the best direction to take. Any advice?
So what happened? This message was posted 2 years ago - did you get your esthetician license & open a skin shop? I am an LPN hoping to break out of the nursing home rut. Considering medical esthetics, but as you mentioned can only find courses at Catherine Hinds or Elizabeth Grady. Wondering if I should bother becoming an esthetician, especially since the pay is so much less than nursing. Would love to know the outcome of your story....
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