Purpose and Mission
Cosmetic nurses (sometimes called cosmetic injectors) can undertake a variety of non-surgical procedures such as laser treatments, cosmetic injectables, chemical peels and several other skin procedures. All cosmetic nurses are fully trained registered nurses.
The law requires that nurses performing injectable procedures work under the supervision of a doctor. This means that a large number of cosmetic nurses are employed by private clinics. Some cosmetic nurses work for themselves, as freelancers contracting with spas and cosmetic clinics or by launching their own practices (and employing at least one doctor).
Cosmetic nurses employed by spas and private clinics will usually report to a mid-level manger or supervisor. Those who are self-employed or operate their own practice may not have a direct supervisor.
The supervisory responsibilities of cosmetic nurses varies dramatically. Those with less experience or who choose to work as independent contractors may have few supervisory responsibilities. Some cosmetic nurses eventually move up into management roles or decide to open their own practice. This, of course, entails additional training, and running your own practice means you spend most of your time supervising or administering.
Cosmetic nurses must be experienced registered nurses (a bachelor’s degree). Also of note, RNs must hold a current Nursing Registration with the AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Agency) to perform cosmetic procedures.
Most cosmetic nurses work in another area of nursing before they decide to get training in cosmetic injectables and/or laser therapy. Many employers require proof of specialized training or a related professional certification (see the website of the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science.)
Responsibilities of a Cosmetic Injector Nurse
Cosmetic nurses may have a broad range of professional responsibilities, depending on the individual’s experience and training. These trained healthcare professionals assist with clinical procedures and the pre- and post-operative care of patients who receive cosmetic procedures. They must be registered nurses (RNs) or nurse practitioners / advanced practice registered nurses.
The responsibilities of a typical cosmetic injector nurse include:
The most common procedures carried out by cosmetic nurses include dermal filler and neurotoxin injections, laser hair removals and a variety of non-invasive body contouring. Remember that cosmetic nurses perform these procedures under the supervision of a medical doctor.