Sign up for our free monthly industry newsletter - The Skinny.


Why Be an Aesthetic Nurse?

Why be an aesthetic nurse? Why change careers now? Sure, you’re comfortable in your position, but is comfort good enough for a lifetime career? If you’re tired of the physical and emotional demands of traditional nursing, it’s high time you looked into the field of medical aesthetics.

There are a ton of reasons to the question, “Why be an aesthetic nurse?”

You owe it to yourself to explore them.

A Heavy Burden

As a nurse, you worry over the physical needs of the people you care for. Too often you lean over charts lined with blood sugars and chemistry panel results. Day after day you treat and you fix. You also fulfill orders and admit and discharge patients. Unmistakably, as a registered nurse you are mighty in the field of healing, of wrapping limbs, administering medications and multi-tasking among so many other things.

Obviously the responsibility of such a job is weighty. In fact, it may be the understatement of the year to say that nursing is a stressful occupation.

But it doesn’t have to be. 

A job that provides fantastic pay and benefits, expanded education, and reduced stress sounds like a dream come true. But what if it isn’t a dream at all? What if as a nurse you have the opportunity to learn a new skill that sets your career apart from your professional peers while also making yourself happy?

Why be an aesthetic nurse?

Can you imagine your job being centered around helping other people become the best, happiest versions of themselves? For just a moment, picture your hardest day at work including boosting the self-image and confidence of every patient you come in contact with. 

As an aesthetic nurse, you will work directly with people to brighten their days and appearances. Moreover, you will make them feel happier, healthier, and more content. 

At National Laser Institute, we can help turn your aspiration of having a dream job into a reality. Undeniably, with the right training, in a short amount of time that works for you, you will realize your vocational dreams. 

For starters, what is an aesthetic nurse?

Simply put, an aesthetic nurse, also referred to as a cosmetic nurse, is a nurse who has taken the step to receive training and certification in medical aesthetics. Such nurses perform cosmetic procedures including BOTOX injections, IPL photofacials, microdermabrasion, specialized laser training, spider vein treatment, and dermal fillers.

With a focus primarily on cosmetic and dermatologic procedures, aesthetic nurses manage their clients with the utmost care and consideration as they assist them on their journey for bettering their own health, sense of self, overall wellbeing and appearance.

Where do aesthetic nurses work?

Aesthetic nurses can find jobs in medical spas, physicians’ offices, dermatologists’ offices, laser clinics, and fitness facilities. The possibilities are endless for where these trained nurses can find gratifying work for competitive pay.

Why be an aesthetic nurse?

The benefits to becoming an aesthetic nurse are innumerable. 

For starters, the level of stress for cosmetic nurses is greatly reduced compared to their professional peers. Consider high-stress trauma bays and busy family practice waiting rooms in comparison to a medical spa. Instead of an intensive care unit surrounded by pain and despair, picture yourself in a place of serenity.

Additionally, aesthetic nurses enjoy numerous perks that other nurses do not. Their schedules typically don’t require weekend shifts or holidays spent at work. 

And money. Always money…

According to ZipRecruiter, as of Apr 25, 2020, the average annual pay for a cosmetic nurse in the United States is $89,976 a year.

The demand for aesthetic nurses is huge. In fact, the job market is rising exponentially and expected to continue to do so. 

According to new data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were nearly a quarter million more cosmetic procedures performed in 2018 than the previous year. As per the most recent ASPS report, 17.7 million surgical and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2018. That number continues to rise drastically thereby increasing the need for medical professionals, such as specially trained aesthetic nurses, to fulfill roles within the industry. 

What kind of training do I need to become an aesthetic nurse?

For nurses desiring comprehensive training in the field of medical aesthetics, they are encouraged to take NLI’s  14-Day Medical Professional Course. In the fast-paced, exciting course, nurses  learn the most up-to-date information and methods to provide patients with the cosmetic laser, injectable, and anti-aging services.

In addition to receiving hands-on-training in a state of the art, luxury medical spa, CE/CME credits and CE credits are available upon course completion.

What makes National Laser Institute the right place to train to become an aesthetic nurse?

We’d like to think there’s a lot that sets us apart from the others in our field. But we may be biased. 

Our thousands of online testimonials aren’t, however. In fact, former students rave about National Laser Institute’s program.

“I had a great experience here at NLI. The program was very thorough, and staff were all very knowledgeable and friendly. All the technology was very current and fun to work with,” RN, Melissa Magyer said. 

Another student and registered nurse, Krista Taylor, agreed when she said, “Great experience! It really helped to learn the techniques with lasers. Very informative about contraindications. Really enjoyed my time here!”

Reputation matters

National Laser Institute has an unmatched reputation in the realm of training medical professionals. At NLI, we have a reputation to protect as a leader in the field of educating medical professionals. With our reputation in mind, we proudly offer comprehensive, hands-on training programs so attendees can succeed in the ever-growing, thriving field of advanced anti-aging, cosmetic medicine and laser technology.

Armed with expert instructors including plastic surgeons, dermatologists, aesthetic nurses, certified laser specialists, and other veterans in the field of medical aesthetics, NLI is well-equipped to meet the needs of its esteemed enrollees. 

Click here for more answers to questions specific to medical professionals!

The next move is yours to make

We’ve explained why you should become an aesthetic nurse – the reasons and possibilities are endless. At National Laser Institute we are excited to be a part of your journey to success. We can’t wait to hear from you!

For more information on laser training for nurses, contact us today at 800-982-6817 or fill out the form to your right.


During our CE/CME Online Cosmetic Injections Course you will receive online classroom and demonstrations on:

– Botox

– Dermal fillers

– Off label Botox and fillers


– Sclerotherapy

– Kybella

– PDO threads

Then choose one of our nationwide locations to attend your clinicals for hands-on learning!