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Is being a Botox or filler nurse a viable route for employment? How competitive is it for an RN to get into the field?

Wednesday March 26, 2014
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Dear Donna,

I am considering taking Botox and filler classes. Do you feel this is a viable route for employment and how competitive is it to get a job for an RN?

Interested in Injectables

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Interested in Injectables,

The field of nursing esthetics is growing. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons are hiring nurses in increasing numbers to train them to do this work in their offices. A nurse may be hired as an employee or an independent contractor. They realize that nurses can safely and competently do this work, which provides additional revenue to the physician's practice and they do not have to do the work themselves. Nurses in this specialty often are called nurse injectors. At a recent dermatology conference, a physician speaker encouraged colleagues to use nurse injectors even more.

The field is not particularly competitive because many nurses don't even know they exist or assume they need to be experienced so they don't even apply to such positions. There are a limited number of nurses with experience in this specialty but most dermatologists/plastic surgeons don't mind if you do not have experience with injectables because they want to train you to do it their way.

You can learn more by attending local chapter meetings of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (www.dnanurse.org) and/or the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (www.aspsn.org).

The only reason you'd need to take courses in these procedures is if you wish to be self-employed in this field, as a number of nurses are, or to do the work independently in a situation where you would not be trained on the job.

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://www. Nurse.com/Events.