Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS)

Published on May 2, 2019 by

When it comes to undergoing any kind of treatment or procedure for your skin, it’s important to know that your medical providers have the education, training and experience necessary to deliver the best results. One trademark of a high-quality aesthetic practice is that it employs certified aesthetic nurse specialists. These nurses have decided to specialize in cosmetic nursing and are experts in their industry. Learn what advanced training a CANS provider goes through and what it means when it comes to your procedure.

Advanced Training Requirements
To be a registered nurse (RN), the person first must undergo at least two years of nursing training, including extensive hands-on work in clinicals. RNs must hold at least an associate’s degree, but many go on to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). Some nurses then go on to obtain a master’s degree and become nurse practitioners, which means they are able to do many things doctors can do, including prescribing meds and examining patients.

Once an RN has finished their degree and obtained their license to practice from the state, they can then seek out a position as an aesthetic nurse, which is also sometimes referred to as a cosmetic nurse or a plastic surgery nurse. These nurses then complete advanced training while being supervised by an experienced medical care provider. To become a CANS, the nurse must spend 1,000 hours practicing as a cosmetic nurse, which usually takes two to three years, and then pass the CANS certification exam offered through the Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board (PSNCB). CANS must go on to complete 45 hours of continuing education credits and recertify every three years.

Benefits of Using a CANS Provider
Whether you are seeking a treatment like BOTOX or dermal fillers, knowing that the provider has CANS on staff lets you know that all of your medical team has the training and experience you want to help deliver the finished look you’re going for. Because of the continuing education requirements, CANS are up-to-date on the latest procedures, techniques and safety policies to help you achieve your desired results as comfortably as possible.

At Chapin Aesthetics, we know how important CANS are to your medical team, and we’re proud to have Lisa Mosiniak, RN, Medical Aesthetician and Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, and Lori Quinn, RN, BSN, CPSN and Director of Nursing on staff.

Lisa is passionate about her work. She is committed to developing a customized plan for overall skin rejuvenation, including the use of injectables such as fillers and neuromodulators like BOTOX and Dysport. Some of her favorite treatments include intense pulsed light, sclerotherapy and injectables. She believes in approaching every patient with their own personal treatment plan that will allow them to look rejuvenated and natural.

This advanced training and passion for excellent in nursing and patient care helps them work hand-in-hand with Dr. Scott D. Chapin, a Philadelphia-area board-certified surgeon who has advanced training and specializes in breast and aesthetic surgeries.

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