Aesthetic medicine nursing is a highly skilled specialty, which continues to evolve. A survey of 197 experienced aesthetic medicine nurses practicing in eight countries revealed shortcomings in the current approach to their education, training, and registration. Education and training are currently self-identified and self-funded and are often provided by the companies that manufacture or distribute the products used in aesthetic medicine treatments. Accreditation and registration schemes are not mandatory, and an international professional governing body is lacking to facilitate international cooperation and sharing of best practice. There is a need for an academic, coherent, and comprehensive approach to the training and education of aesthetic medicine nurses that will equip them with the knowledge and experience to not only administer treatments and attain natural looking results but also prevent, recognize, and manage any potential complications associated with such treatments.
Jill K. Jones, RN, CPSN, CANS, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Owner, Aesthetics Advancement Institute, Atlanta, Georgia.
Sharon Bennett, RGN, NIP, PGCert, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Director, Harrogate Aesthetics, Harrogate, UK.
Marika Erlandsson, RN, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse, Akademikliniken, Stockholm, Sweden.
Carina Gamborg, RN, MSc, CRNA, CCRN, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Clinic Owner, Beautique-Medical Skin Clinic, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Susanne Hauser-Glitz, RN, QNMP, is Heilpraktiker and Clinic Owner, Praxis Susanne Hauser-Glitz, Nettetal, Germany.
Isabelle Jubert, RN, CANS, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Clinic Owner, Clinique Visabelle Med, Quebec, Canada.
Helen Manis, RPN, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Clinical Director, Manis Cosmetic Consulting, Toronto, Canada.
Rand Rusher, RN, CPSN, CANS, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Clinical Director, RR Aesthetics, Beverly Hills, California.
Lou Sommereux, RNMH, INP, PGCert AesthPractice, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Director, Cosmex Clinic, Cambridge, UK.
Susan Walsh, RN, GCN, NP, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse, Magnolia Mediclinic, Gold Coast, Australia.
Kimberly Welch, BSN, RN, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Clinic Owner, Esperance Aesthetic Wellness, Coppell, Texas.
Cecilia Wiking, RN, MSc, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Clinic Owner, Klinik Wiking, Malmo, Sweden.
Caroline Young, RN, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Clinic Owner, Metica, Sydney, Australia.
Jackie Partridge, BSc (Derm), PGCert, RGN, NIP, is Aesthetic Medicine Nurse and Clinical Director, Dermal Clinic, Edinburgh, UK.
Address correspondence to Jill K. Jones, RN, CPSN, CANS, Aesthetic Advancements Int, 2700 Braselton Highway, Dacula, GA 30019 (e-mail: email@example.com).
The survey was administered by Galderma who provided honoraria to the author group to attend a meeting to review the results. Editorial support was provided by Sarah Ackers (Nyxeon) and funded by Galderma.
The authors report no conflicts of interest.