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How to become a Cosmetic Nurse

How to become a Cosmetic Nurse
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To become a cosmetic nurse, registered nurses must complete a postgraduate qualification in cosmetic nursing, such as a graduate diploma. A graduate diploma of cosmetic nursing course takes approximately 10 months full time and will provide you with the skills to perform cosmetic procedures, dermal treatments and injectable procedures including dermal fillers and muscle relaxants. Students are also required to complete 76 hours of clinical placement. 

The beauty industry has seen exponential growth in recent years and cosmetic nurses are in ever-increasing demand.

Cosmetic nurses perform a range of non-surgical procedures including but not limited to laser treatments, cosmetic injectables, chemical peels and other dermal procedures.

Nurses performing injectable procedures must work under the supervision of a doctor and as such many are employed by private cosmetic clinics. Cosmetic nurses may also work for themselves, either running their own practice or freelancing with spas and cosmetic clinics.
Education
To become a cosmetic nurse in Australia you must first be qualified as a Registered Nurse. RN qualification is usually gained through the completion of a Bachelor of Nursing course however alternate pathways exist for qualified Enrolled Nurses.

To view bachelor of nursing courses, click here.

A graduate diploma of cosmetic nursing course takes approximately 10 months full time and will provide you with the skills to perform cosmetic procedures, dermal treatments and injectable procedures including dermal fillers and muscle relaxants. Students are also required to complete 76 hours of clinical placement.

To view cosmetic nursing courses, click here.

Salary
Salary for a cosmetic nurse will vary depending on their experience, location and employer however salaries in excess of $80,000 are quite common. Many employers offer commission or incentive based packages which can increase earning potential.

For more information on nurse salaries, click here.

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