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Anonymous in Port Saint Lucie, Florida

61 months ago

Debbie in Salt Lake City, Utah said: I am getting my Masters Esthetics Certification here in UT, Will I need to do additional training once I am in FL or will this be enough Any Comments appreciated.

You better prepare to experience TONS of Competition...Billions of Estherticians are here in Florida..TRILLIONS almost!

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mrsbrit in Corpus Christi, Texas

61 months ago

Jeff B in Dallas, Texas said: I'm sorry, but that is inncorect. NO ESTHETICIAN (licensed Facial Specialist) is permited to administer botox or any other injectionable. PERIOD!

This is one of the big problems with this field. Very few understand the law and regulations. Injections is an invasive procedure which is are not permitted under the facial specialist license. This procedure is considered the practice of medicine and must be done by an approved individual with an appropriate license.

actually you are incorrect, you absolutely can administer botox and other filler as long as you are trained by a physician, or go to a continued education workshop, now if only nurses are allowed to do this, why is it that these workshops are offered to estheticians? I know girls in texas that only have their esthetics license and are administering botox along with other fillers, sorry, again, your wrong

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mrsbrit in Corpus Christi, Texas

61 months ago

power for a purpose in Franklin, Tennessee said: Hi,

I work for a company that has many RN's and Esthestician's as consultants. The same great doctors that created Proactiv are the founders of this company. If you are looking to share awesome dermatology products with others, and use your skills, this may be a fit for you. Please let me know if you are interested in more information. Thanks.

hi, I too am an estheticican in south texas, as well as a makeup artist, would you need any help in texas, i do feel like this would be something that is right up my ally

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

61 months ago

mrsbrit in Corpus Christi, Texas said: actually you are incorrect, you absolutely can administer botox and other filler as long as you are trained by a physician, or go to a continued education workshop, now if only nurses are allowed to do this, why is it that these workshops are offered to estheticians? I know girls in texas that only have their esthetics license and are administering botox along with other fillers, sorry, again, your wrong

You say that there are CEU workshops which offer this to estys. Can you name one and who I contact to take it?

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CellularSkinCare in Tustin, California

61 months ago

mrsbrit in Corpus Christi, Texas said: hi, I too am an estheticican in south texas, as well as a makeup artist, would you need any help in texas, i do feel like this would be something that is right up my ally

If you go to SafeCosmetics.org you can see which companies have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics, agreeing to manufacture and market products that meet and exceed standards for nontoxic incgredients in their products. I do not see R and F (proactiv) on that list.

Today's consumers are seeking cleaner and greener products that produce results, and are
educating themselves on ingredients they do not want in their products.

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Jeff B in Dallas, Texas

61 months ago

mrsbrit in Corpus Christi, Texas said: actually you are incorrect, you absolutely can administer botox and other filler as long as you are trained by a physician, or go to a continued education workshop, now if only nurses are allowed to do this, why is it that these workshops are offered to estheticians? I know girls in texas that only have their esthetics license and are administering botox along with other fillers, sorry, again, your wrong

I stand by my statement. I quote Elizabeth Perez, head of the cosmetology program for the TDLR, who quotes one of their FAQs

"10. If I hold a facialist license, may I perform additional procedures (procedures not authorized by my facialist specialty license) because I work with or am supervised by a licensed medical doctor or nurse?

No, a facialist specialty license does not authorize a facialist to
perform additional procedures or a more advanced or expanded scope of practice depending on the facialist’s place of employment or title of employer." TDLR

There may be people who are administering botox or fillers. But they are doing so as a non-licensed medical individual as the injection of botox is a medical procedure and falls under the Department of Health and Medical Board. This means that the individual has the same legal standing as the receptionist or the janitor. The fact that they have a facial specialist license will give them no protection should a medical problem occur as a result of a complication from the procedure.

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Leah in Middleton, Wisconsin

60 months ago

MacRN in Downers Grove, Illinois said: I have a bachelors degree in nursing and I just finished Esthethics school. I am working with a plastic surgeon right now and I administer Botox. An esthetician cannot do that. Having a license as a nurse allows me to do that under doctors orders,Its like working in a hospital and the doctor tells me to give pain medication IM. Esthetics school is something you can do after you finish nursing school and work as a nurse. Pay is a big difference as well, as a nurse esthetician, I am able to command my salary, because I am able to take the burden of my surgeon, instead of him administering Botox, I do it. In turn he is able to do consults, do Surgical procedures while I am making him more money on the side. You dont even have to go to esthethics school. Just look for a plastic surgeon and have him "grandfather" you in and learn that way. The RN gives you flexibility and mucho dinero baby. If you still can't figure out what to do first let me break it down for you. As a nurse I paid for esthethics school in cash.I do not owe anything. I go after work and since theres a nursing shortage my employers give in to my schedule, I have a lot of contacts(i work in surgery). Esthethics school was a breeze, cause lets face it its more technical that clinical. I don't think you can do that as an esthetician. Your hours would be 9-5, you'll have to quit to finish nursing school, it would be just a mess. I hope you have somebody to help you in this decision.

Hi,

WOW! I would like your advise also.. Please email me at leahchap@att.net. I am 45. I went for CNA.. hated the clinicals in the nursing home.. the smells.. etc. I never sat for my boards. My Certificate was only good for a year.. Now.. I would have to as a requirement retake the class for a few months to get into a nursing school. Here in WI.. there is a 3 year wait list. I would have to pay for Herzing..which is double.>>>I will Continue

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Leah in Middleton, Wisconsin

60 months ago

Leah in Middleton, Wisconsin said: Hi,

WOW! I would like your advise also.. Please email me at leahchap@att.net. I am 45. I went for CNA.. hated the clinicals in the nursing home.. the smells.. etc. I never sat for my boards. My Certificate was only good for a year.. Now.. I would have to as a requirement retake the class for a few months to get into a nursing school. Here in WI.. there is a 3 year wait list. I would have to pay for Herzing..which is double.>>>I will Continue

If I were able to skip to BSN so that I didnt' have to put up with the Gore.. that is why I wanted Esthetics to work in a spa.. But. a Plastic Surgeons Office has its perks. I have two friends who hate nursing.. and I found an I hate nursing Blog.. and it is brutal what is said on there. Also.. I never had Algebra ever.. and was told I need High School Algebra.. and Elementry to learn High School .. High School BIO And Chem. With Labs .. that alone will take me a year. I was thinking of LPN.. because I need to work while in school to pay my own rent and bills. That was why I was personally considering Esthetician.. first.. Because.. You can work part time nights and all days Saturday.. I knew a woman who worked part time .. making full time pay.. with her tips and she bought her own house and a brand new car single. I would Despise having to work as a CNA while in school. Is nursing hard? I also heard that if you get your LPN first.. then the RN.. IF something happened and you were say to get into trouble.. as my RN friend said at the Hospital they always.. do.. they would take your LPN not your RN first.. and that would leave the RN. Please Help. I was the worse in math. I wanted to do what I love.. However that can mean sitting home and starving..lol Hope you can email me back. You seem very wise. I have no help with this.. decision.

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erica in Troy, New York

60 months ago

Jennifer in North Augusta, South Carolina said: Hey, I am an BSN, RN and esthetician. I currently work for a plastic surgeon and have also worked for laser centers in the past. In most states RN's are able to perform Laser treatments and Botox, Fillers etc. The laws usually require the Physician to consult the patient first especially for Botox, (sometimes even mark the patient first) and almost always the physician has to be on site, but not direct supervision for lasers. Where do you begin? Well, I do think it helped me get my feet in the door because I have years of skin care experience as an esthetician. You have a major advantage as well since you have ICU experience. I would apply to as many Physicians offices that offer the services you are interested in. Most Doctors love for RN's to do these types of treatments especially Laser treatments, because it makes them $$$ while they are free to do other treatments. Good luck!! The pay is not quite as high as hospital jobs because you usually do not work overtime, nights, weekends, but it is usually $23-35 an hour (I live in SC) working 9-5 mon-fri

Do you know if you can pratice Botox injections if you are a licenced esthetician & also a RN while owning your own spa? Do you need a doctor working for you to give the 'approval'?

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Sharlot in Tallahassee, Florida

60 months ago

Anne in Quincy, Florida said: Ok, I am hearing alot of negativity about esthetics on this page. I am a liscensed esthetician in North Florida. I am not in a resort town and I work in a local owned salon and spa. It is a large salon with a great reputation and on the higher end of pricing, but I only work around 32 to 35 hours a week and I do very well. I make more than some nurses I know, and I control my hours. Before I had children I only worked three 11 hour days a week, and even then I made close to 50K a year. This is including tips. And I am fortunate enough to have an employer that provides insurance and 401K's. Plus we have paid vacation. I have no complaints. Also, I have a friend who is an educator for Aveda, and she travels the state teaching. She is making over 60K plus all her travel expenses including food are paid. All she has is an esthetics license.

Anne, I live in Tallahassee, fl and am making a midlife career change. I was wondering if you went to school here locally and how did you find your current employer?

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kat in Pinellas Park, Florida

60 months ago

Karla in Bay Shore, New York said: I'm undecided about becoming a RN nurse or esthetician. I love learning about skin care but doing my research and from word of mouth a RN nurse has a much higher pay. I need advice from an expertise. Should I do both and see where the two programs can get me in my career or just go straight to one of the programs because it would be a waste of time and money to do both?
I feel the money I spent on esthetician school was wasted.Either become a full specialist to do hair,nails,facials ect and you might make a living,but hard even then.You need 2 jobs in this bizz.One for hourly pay and one for commission.I read today that in florida by state law only a full specialist can take the $300 12 hour body wrap classes and do it legally.Florida has regulated itself to death.I am glad I am moving to MN where you don't need a license or certification to do body wraps or massage.In massage all you need is a dipolma from the school.I vote for a very small government and letting people run their own lives.Canada is a good example.

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Jeff in Dallas, Texas

60 months ago

kat in Pinellas Park, Florida said: I read today that in florida by state law only a full specialist can take the $300 12 hour body wrap classes and do it legally.Florida has regulated itself to death.I vote for a very small government and letting people run their own lives.Canada is a good example.

I find this interesting as the statute relating to this on the boards website does not say this. It only says that the requirement for someone who does body wrapping (and does not have some other license which would include body wrapping) is that they attend the training and pay the 300.00 fee.

NY Statute

477 Subsection 0132 Hair braiding, hair wrapping, and body wrapping registration.--

(c) Unless otherwise licensed or exempted from licensure under this chapter, any person whose occupation or practice is body wrapping must register with the department, pay the applicable registration fee, and take a two-day 12-hour course. The course shall be board approved and consist of education in HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, sanitation and sterilization, disorders and diseases of the skin, and studies regarding laws affecting body wrapping. "

What I understand this to mean is, that unless there is some other licence which allows body wrapping ("unless otherwise licensed or exempt"), anyone who is going to do it has to take a course and pay the fee.

Where did you read that only full cosmetologists can do it?

I can understand how this could happen as many laws describe a speciality license like esthetics to be restricted to the face, neck, chest and arms. Because of this, body wrapping would be outside the scope of the license. If your state has such a restriction by its description of esthetics, you will need to have the words "face", "neck", etc. removed or replaced with a more generic terms like "skin"

I don't see this happening until estheticians in the various states unite and form a stronge political block in their state

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Kim in Charlotte, North Carolina

60 months ago

I have been a nurse for 12 years. I have worked mostly in an icu setting. I recently got my esthetic liscense. I have landed a part-time job in a spa as an esthetician. I want to do more skin care sevices like deeper chemical peels, botox etc. How do I go about building up my business and know all the legalities for the stae of NC and VA. How do you go about making proposals to possible physicians in the area that may be interested in overseeing the medical part of a spa. Kim

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klee in Milledgeville, Georgia

59 months ago

i have three quarters left in school getting my two year nursing degree and one quarter left getting my medical esthetician license. i would like to also be certified in laser technology. does anyone know of an affordable, good school in georgia to do so? i want to mainly do frexal.thanks:)

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Mackey in San Antonio, Texas

59 months ago

Hello!!!

I am an RN that has recently been certified in Botox, Restylane, Lasers and other advanced medical aesthetics.

I am desperately searching for a fun and exciting job in a cosmetic surgeon/dermatologist's office or MedSpa in the San Antonio area...

Thanks for any advice!

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aniech47 in Phoenix, Arizona

59 months ago

Good Luck! I have not been that lucky...tough to find work for a laser certified Rn certified in injectables in Arizona. Been an Rn for 28 years, now can't find a job as an aesthetic nurse. Hope you do better than I have. Ae

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Kip in Miami, Florida

58 months ago

Karla in Bay Shore, New York said: I'm undecided about becoming a RN nurse or esthetician. I love learning about skin care but doing my research and from word of mouth a RN nurse has a much higher pay. I need advice from an expertise. Should I do both and see where the two programs can get me in my career or just go straight to one of the programs because it would be a waste of time and money to do both?

Run do not walk to nursing school! I is very hard to make a living in skin care in a depressed market. You can add skin care after becoming an RN and work for a Derm or Plastics. Best of Luck Kip

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AKline

58 months ago

I second that. I have been an RN for years and was downsized from a large pharma company. It is a good thing I had my RN license to fall back on. Once downsized I went to school and received my estheician license and work ft as an RN and part time as an esty. It works for me and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

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Melissa in Niagara Falls, New York

58 months ago

Hi everyone, Just completed a certification in Botox, Laser and Dermal Fillers to add on to my RN certifications existing. I'm in the Buffalo, NY region. I have had a difficult time as this area has some cosmetic riders which will only reimburse a PA, MD, NP.
Check out your states' legal requirements before moving forward. I love the cosmetic industry but am now looking at other nursing jobs at this time, until I can find something in the field I love. Good luck to all. If anyone knows of RN needs in my region, I'd love to hear from you. melissabaratta@gmail.com Thanks

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aniech47 in Phoenix, Arizona

58 months ago

Yes, I am in the same boat in Arizona. I have been trying to get something going for over a year now. Good luck. AE

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Melissa in Niagara Falls, New York

58 months ago

R U serious? It seems the market booms out there. Did you check Getspajobs.com? There's stuff there sometimes for out west.

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pattigillen@comcast.net in Cape Coral, Florida

58 months ago

does an RN in Florida have to pratice under an MD to administer Botox?

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hellen in Malakoff, France

58 months ago

I'm undecided about becoming a RN nurse or accountante advice please

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Melissa in Niagara Falls, New York

58 months ago

Hi

Very different jobs! Nurses are caregivers and nurturers, at the same time, science is at the heart of it all. Knowledge of medicine and anatomy, etc, etc, etc. If you are numbers oriented, stay with accounting. If that sounds boring, check out health.

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Candy in Irvine, California

58 months ago

Hi!

Additionally, you will need to complete training in Medical/Surgical, Critical Care, Obstetrics/Newborn Nursery, Pediatrics and possibly Community Health. You really must have a love for science and helping the sick.

Accounting is very black and white, and just about as different from nursing! Perhaps you could interview a few nurses and accountants to find out what a day in their life is like.

Lastly, do you know what the job market is for graduates of each profession? The graduating class of nurses I taught this past year are having a very rough time finding jobs.

Best wishes to you!
Candy

Melissa in Niagara Falls, New York said: Hi

Very different jobs! Nurses are caregivers and nurturers, at the same time, science is at the heart of it all. Knowledge of medicine and anatomy, etc, etc, etc. If you are numbers oriented, stay with accounting. If that sounds boring, check out health.

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hellen in Malakoff, France

58 months ago

Thanks a lot for your reply . I've been hearing that nursing is well paied and easy to get a job . But i am afraid of seeing death bodies etc, etc and especially making mistakes nurses deals with people's life . Accounting : I d'ont know the risk in it neither the salary nor how easy it will be to find job . all i know about it for the moment is that i am not going to see dead bodies or blood . Thanks again for taking pain to answer me ,it is very kind of you . I will be expecting your next reply . thanks again

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hellen in Malakoff, France

58 months ago

Thanks a lot for your reply . I've been hearing that nursing is well paied and easy to get a job . But i am afraid of seeing dead bodies etc, etc and especially making mistakes nurses deals with people's life . Accounting : I d'ont know the risk in it neither the salary nor how easy it will be to find a job . all i know about it for the moment is that i am not going to see dead bodies or blood . Thanks again for taking pain to answer me ,it is very kind of you . I will be expecting your next reply . thanks a lot

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BeBe in Cleveland, Ohio

58 months ago

Okay...Hey Everyone! I am a licensed cosmetologist..But have ZERO interest in doing hair...MY PASSION IS SKIN...I have been in college for 2 1/2 years studying to be a chemist...wanting to make skin..hair and nail products and realized that this is not the route I wanted to go through...I am 25 years old and feel like I have wasted 2 1/2 years of college...I looked into being a dermatologist but with the time I have already wasted...I would be in college for another 8 years...and I DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT...So then I was google searching and ran across becoming a nurse practitioner in dermatology and I was EXTREMELY excited..FINALLY I FIGURED OUT WHAT I AM GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE!!! I have been on different forums and heard some good things and some not so good things about becoming a RN with a focus on dermatology...I will be starting a nursing program Fall 2012...I would be starting Fall 2011 but I don't have all of the prereq's and won't until after the deadline to be able to apply for the program...I have a plan after I receive my rn license and that is to either work as a rn in general or in a dermatology department of a hospital while going to school for my BSN which all the classes are online so that will make it easier and then after that I will DEFINITELY work in the dermatology department while going to school for my MASTERS in Nursing...I was interested in MBA but I am not sure how that works...ONLY ISSUE IS...I plan on moving when I am done with getting my RN license which will be in 2014 and I am not sure what location would be the best for what I am trying to do....I would love to receive advice from anyone who is willing to offer it...Does my plan sound good? Do you guys have any suggestions as to what places would be good to move to? Any Advice at all is greatly appreciated!!!

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Laura in Chicago, Illinois

58 months ago

Hi MacRN,

That was great advice for those that are wanting to pursue a career in medical esthetics. I've been a licensed esthetician for 6 years now and will be starting an RN program this fall...If I only knew then, I would have done the nursing first! My question for you though is how would you recommend pursuing a position within a medical facility? I've rarely seen job postings for esthetic positions within doctor's offices, and I don't have any professional relationships with any doctors. Would you recommend mailing/walking in resumes or even posting to an online community? Any advice would be greatly appreciated...thanks in advance!

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Melissa in Niagara Falls, New York

58 months ago

no problem, good luck!

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aRNwoonds4j0b in Worcester, Massachusetts

57 months ago

Great thread. I have decided to go for a career change into Biotech and then for some reason I popped into this thread. Although I really haven't read all the comments. This sounds interesting...

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Melodies in Daytona Beach, Florida

57 months ago

This site has been very helpful. I have been an esthetician for 5 years now and although I still like it a lot, the pay has been decreasing because of the economy. I can't live off commission only anymore and I would like a steady pay, thats why I was thinking RN, but also because as an RN I could do Botox, laser, and other fillers, and that would expand my knowledge base of skin care, which is my passion. :) And from this site, I see lots of people go from RN to esthetician or vice versa, and it seems like a smart thing to be able to have both licenses.

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Melissa in Niagara Falls, New York

57 months ago

Hi there-- There are differences between the states as far as allowing RNs to practice, here in NY, I can give Botox, Fillers and Laser although that's only because I have been "certified". I went to National Laser Institute. I would not have had a problem finding work, except that the cosmetic riders here will only reimburse for NP, PA and MD. Thats why some of you as well as myself are finding employment a challenge. I was offered a great job in Canada, but would have to sit the RN exam in Canada and am not interested at this point. Good luck to all.

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docTX

57 months ago

The laws vary state-by-state. Although they always require an MD to be supervising (and ultimatley legally responsible for any patient harm) some states like CA now only allow MDs to supervise RNs whereas other states like TX have not yet passed these laws, so the MD can supervise anyone they feel comfortable training, whether it is an RN, esthetician, or whomever else on their staff. The CA laws were put in place by patient harm though---many reports of facial necrosis and one case of blindness from Restylane injections, many laser burns....My suggestion is that for patient safety and your own legal protection, you cannot have too much training.

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Marie in New York, New York

57 months ago

Melissa - I'm an RN in New York as well. I work part time, and have been offered a position at a spa doing chemical peels, etc (no laser/botox). For this, do you know if I have to get an esthetician license?
Thanks!

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gypsy in Piqua, Ohio

56 months ago

Vickie in Dayton, Ohio said: This is so great. I am really glad I stumbled upon this page, while searching for esthetician schools. I have an ADN, and would love to get into skin care. Looking for the opening, short of paying to go to school again, but was starting to feel like I have to go back. I'll keep looking alittle more. This has been informative and encouraging.

Hi, Vickie... I live about 30mins north of Dayton.. I have my esthetician license but I've never actually got into the field.. but lately I've been thinking of going to school for something that would help me get into medical esthetics.. wondering if you have found any info out and do you have your RN or LPN degree..? Whats ADN stand for? Just dont know if LPN would be a good thing to have to actually get my foot in the door of anywhere in Dayton Ohio!!! Let me know :)

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gypsy in Piqua, Ohio

56 months ago

BeBe in Cleveland, Ohio said: Okay...Hey Everyone! I am a licensed cosmetologist..But have ZERO interest in doing hair...MY PASSION IS SKIN...I have been in college for 2 1/2 years studying to be a chemist ...wanting to make skin..hair and nail products and realized that this is not the route I wanted to go through...I am 25 years old and feel like I have wasted 2 1/2 years of college...I looked into being a dermatologist but with the time I have already wasted...I would be in college for another 8 years...and I DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT...So then I was google searching and ran across becoming a nurse practitioner in dermatology and I was EXTREMELY excited..FINALLY I FIGURED OUT WHAT I AM GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE!!! I have been on different forums and heard some good things and some not so good things about becoming a RN with a focus on dermatology...I will be starting a nursing program Fall 2012...I would be starting Fall 2011 but I don't have all of the prereq's and won't until after the deadline to be able to apply for the program...I have a plan after I receive my rn license and that is to either work as a rn in general or in a dermatology department of a hospital while going to school for my BSN which all the classes are online so that will make it easier and then after that I will DEFINITELY work in the dermatology department while going to school for my MASTERS in Nursing...I was interested in MBA but I am not sure how that works...ONLY ISSUE IS...I plan on moving when I am done with getting my RN license which will be in 2014 and I am not sure what location would be the best for what I am trying to do....I would love to receive advice from anyone who is willing to offer it...Does my plan sound good? Do you guys have any suggestions as to what places would be good to move to? Any Advice at all is greatly appreciated!!!

Have you looked into the Ohio law on RN's and what duties they can perform in a derms. office? Curious because I live in Ohio..

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MYMIA in Abilene, Texas

56 months ago

Jeff B in Dallas, Texas said: I'm sorry, but that is inncorect. NO ESTHETICIAN (licensed Facial Specialist) is permited to administer botox or any other injectionable. PERIOD!

This is one of the big problems with this field. Very few understand the law and regulations. Injections is an invasive procedure which is are not permitted under the facial specialist license. This procedure is considered the practice of medicine and must be done by an approved individual with an appropriate license.

QUESTION... WHAT IS THE PROPER LICENSE REQUIREMENT. CAN A 30 YR LVN ADMINISTER BOTOX????

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MYMIA in Abilene, Texas

56 months ago

WHAT IS THE REQUIRED LICENSE TO ADMINISTER BOTOX IN TEXAS? CAN AN L.V.N. DO IT?

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kaya in New Rochelle, New York

56 months ago

Lisa in El Cajon, California said: I believe you need to blog a different forum. As you have seen, from previous communications, this is an ongoing discussion about EDUCATIONAL paths and not SALES opportunities. Just a suggestion. Is this a form of marketing that piggybacks the sales on to the person who brought them in to the company?

I am a Registered Nurse with a neonatal background and I just obtained (3 weeks ago) my License as an Esthetician. When I first became a nurse, I worked for less than a year with oncology pts. before moving on to newborns and eventually worked for 18 years in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I have extensive preventative skin care experience and decided for myself that this was a new avenue for me to pursue as an alternative to the acute care setting.
With respect to becoming a nurse. Pros: You will always have a job. You will always be in demand. You will be able to contribute financially to your situation. Cons: You may not like your job, hours, fellow employees, the administration, patients (I refuse to refer to them as "Clients" as most hospitals would like us to do). But you will always (ALWAYS) be able to find work.
Please do your homework and find out what is available in your area, in the way of nursing programs, community college and adult education programs and what the prerequisites and wait lists are like. Also, check into the costs in your area for Esti Programs. They are quite pricey.
Anything worth having, is worth working for. And by the way, I just turned 52 and I am starting a new chapter in my career. Don't be afraid to "just do it".

AMEN sister! I am starting an LPN course in a few days at the age of 50 after working as an educator in the NYC public school system for 25yrs. WHY? you ask? Because I am beginning to plan my transition from being a retired school teacher to ... well... nursing. For years I had been trying to get into nursing while using teaching to pay the bills and was always

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kaya in New Rochelle, New York

56 months ago

I was always roadblocked by "white women" who headed the programs @ the colleges of my choice, and yes, I wasn't an "A" student in chemistry; I got "Cs", but that was always given as an excuse as to why I was "dropped" from the program. So, 25yrs later I got my chance @ an institute in NJ. My plan is to open a med-spa after getting my RN since I do have a cosmetology license and I also plan to do private duty nursing on the side since I get medical benefits and so on from teaching. It's never too late to do something new and even when one of my foot is in the grave I will always move on if it will be beneficial to me to do so.

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kaya in New Rochelle, New York

56 months ago

MYMIA in Abilene, Texas said: QUESTION... WHAT IS THE PROPER LICENSE REQUIREMENT. CAN A 30 YR LVN ADMINISTER BOTOX????

Under a doctors supv, yes

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Nicole P in Mineola, New York

56 months ago

im having a huge malfunction here. i live in new york and want to become a licensed laser tech. i understand that i have to be a nurse first. my question is what kind of nurse?? i was never too keen on the medical field so im not sure the types or nurses or how many years it takes. i am so lost here and need someone who can tell me straight what it is i need to do before i can take laser training. thanks.

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Karissa in Los Angeles, California

55 months ago

I will be graduating from nursing school in December and plan to take boards in January to obtain my RN license. I am also a licensed esthetician and have 7+ years of cosmetic sales. I would love to work in dermatology or plastics and am wondering if it would be worth the money to invest in certification courses in injectables/lasers? The job postings that I've seen say that they want experience but how am I supposed to gain experience if no one is hiring new grads? I would be willing to relocate pretty much ANYWHERE to pursue this career! If anyone knows of any offices hiring please let me know. I love this field it's a good feeling to help others feel better about themselves.

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Melissa in Niagara Falls, New York

55 months ago

Just from what I've learned in the last year, go to California or Arizona, there will be the most opportunity. Good luck

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Pam Evans in Saint Paul, Minnesota

54 months ago

Glad I found this site. I have been an RN for 30yrs and wont't retire for another 12 yrs at least. I have done floor nursing my whole career and am totally burnt out. I have always been interested in skin care and am now enrolling at a school here to become an esthescian. I will be taking evening classes and it will take me 9 months. I have done much research on this and what I've been told is RN/estheticians are very markable in Minneapolis,MN. I plan on staying part-time at the hospital and hopefully in a year or so will be able to say goodbye to floor nursing. I am following a dream and hope it works out for me in the long run. Best of luck to all of you.

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Jeet in Victoria, British Columbia

54 months ago

Hey this is great site for feedback. I just recently started looking into this and am very fond of medicine and beauty, than just the messy part of nursing. I am currently a care aide, on the wait list for my RN which I start next Fall 2011. I am definitley getting my nursing out of the way before I take the esthetician course. I want all knowledge and hands on experience as I can get to perform at my high standard of care!

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spagirl32301 in Tallahassee, Florida

54 months ago

I am a licensed esthetician here in Tallahassee, FL. I work at a Opthamologist office locally and I have just recently learned that you need to be someone higher than a esthetician. To be honest the florida board is no help, she knew nothing. Do I have to be a RN or a LPN to administer injectables? I need to know this so I can be on my way to helping my doctor out with these services. I would appreciate any help that you can give me...

Jayne

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TV in West Palm Beach, Florida

53 months ago

Candy Dye in Tustin, California said: I'm a Nurse Practitioner who has considered becoming an esthetician. While looking into programs I noticed a few things:

~ A shift of retired nurses reentering the profession with the economic downturn, at the same time dissatisfied with nursing and looking for alternatives.

~ A shift of high end skin care clients to less frequent spa visits, more in home treatments to reduce out of pocket expenses.

~ Introduction of innovative products on the market with newer, more advanced science that allow potential / existing clients to acheive spa results at home.

~ Movement of the marketplace to Online for advertising, and purchasing products.

There is now a competitive product to the nuskin galvanic device that recently entering the marketplace for consumers to use at home. It does galvanic + infrared + ultrasound + vibration. There will be more to come
in time. There are many clients who will choose this route to gain the spa results they are after, while reducing their costs. I deicded to become a distributor for these producs and have an online "store" with which I can market online as well as in real life. Much easier all the way around.

My question - do you believe that the products you are using are the best for the clients, or are you required to use product lines from companies that your facility has contracts with? When you are using what you company requires and your clients are not achieving their desired results, what can and do you do?
Are you allowed to try other product lines independently?

I am interested in learning more about what you are doing, can you email me??

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CellularSkinCare in Tustin, California

53 months ago

Sure, Send me your email address and I will!

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