The BBC News website health section features a story entitled:
“I’m swapping nursing for Botox”
The story describes how one nurse is leaving the frustrations of the NHS ‘rat race’ in order to work in aesthetics instead – a story that many of our delegates can relate to.
Like many others in nursing, Constantina Antaniou’s chose the profession as she wanted to care for others. She told the BBC:
“I want to look after people, I’m that type of person – I wanted a profession where I can do this”
However, after 27 years as a nurse, including community and hospital roles, she has quit the NHS. She is not alone. Nursing and midwifery are losing more professionals than are joining it; such that the number of unfilled posts has doubled in the last 3 years and there is no end in sight.
Key factors are stress and pay.
It was so hard working as a community nurse – I was supposed to work 8am to 5pm, but I often stayed until 8pm and I didn’t get overtime.
“We’ve been working in unsafe conditions – there aren’t enough nurses to fill the shifts because staff are off sick with stress.
“I was supposed to see 18 people in four and half hours – it is impossible to do that in a safe way.
“I kept thinking ‘I’m rushing, I’m rushing, I could make a mistake’.”
Financially, the rewards were dispiriting as salaries can’t keep up with inflation after a 2 year pay freeze was followed by a pay cap of 1% a year. Constantina said:
“A lot of us work six day weeks just to make ends meet.
“Now the government has stopped paying bursaries to train new nurses – it’s put people off joining.
“Why get into huge debt to work in a really stressful job with low pay?”
Starting Out in Aesthetics
Constantina has now left nursing to pursue a career in aesthetics, which she hopes will be less stressful and more financially rewarding. As she says:
“I want to work in an area where I can support myself. I might even set up my own business. They told me potential earnings are £50,000 – and I could be my own boss.
Her starting point was to take a course in BOTOX to learn the specific injecting skills required for cosmetic treatments. Having completed the course, her advice to anyone considering nursing is to think very carefully. Constantina says:
“I’d say to anyone thinking of going into nursing, ‘don’t bother, it’s not worth it anymore’.”
Full story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40481308.
Aesthetics Training for Nurses
Training in the provision of cosmetic treatments such as Botox or Dermal Fillers is an excellent choice for those already qualified as a nurse.
Treatments are continuing to increase in popularity and the role enables qualified nurses to enjoy getting to know patients as they carry out rewarding treatments.
The role appeals to those with a creative flair and appreciation of facial aesthetics. It is also good for those with some entrepreneurial spirit, who are are interested in taking more direct control of their work and looking for self-employed career options.
Training is the starting point and SkinViva Training offers courses in injectable treatments from foundation to advanced level with ongoing support.
For nurses who are not able to prescribe, the post-training network is available to help nurses network and connect with prescribers.
Cosmetic Treatments Training
Botox and Fillers Courses, Manchester
SkinViva Training offer a comprehensive range of botox and fillers training courses designed for medical professionals such as Doctors, Dentists, Paramedics, Midwives and Nurses who wish to learn and build on their skills in delivering these procedures.
The Company was established in 2013 by Dr Tim Pearce MBChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP – more about us. The SkinViva Training team upholds high standards of clinical training providing a combination of fully-supervised practical experience together with essential theory.
If you’re a medical professional, we welcome the opportunity to chat to you about your plans for training in aesthetics and explaining how we can help you develop in the industry.
Please call 0161 850 2491 for an informal chat or email firstname.lastname@example.org.