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PLASTIC SURGERY NURSE, IN-DEPTH: You Need To Be Nice And Also Manage Expectations

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Cara, a Plastic Surgery Nurse and Nurse Injector, describes what she likes most about her job, its challenges, her key moment in switching careers from landscaping to nursing, and whether it's hard to find work as a nurse.

Degree: Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing - Ethnobotany and EcoAgriculture
Job Title: RN/Plastic Surgery Nurse & Nurse Injector

Job Summary: Registered Nurses

Job Description

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.

On-the-Job Training

Minimal. Most training comes from coursework, which usually includes work in a clinical setting.

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Average salary
Average salary
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$45,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
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Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Organizational skills, Patience, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills

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<span m='10890'>but</span> <span m='11020'>not</span> <span m='11170'>having</span> <span m='11430'>to</span> <span m='11510'>see</span> <span m='11740'>them</span> <span m='11970'>day</span> <span m='12180'>in</span> <span m='12400'>and</span> <span m='12590'>day</span> <span m='12800'>out.</span> <span m='15520'>Let's</span> <span m='15780'>see,</span> <span m='15900'>what's</span> <span m='16239'>challenging?</span> <span m='19890'>Probably</span> <span m='20010'>managing</span> <span m='20560'>people's</span> <span m='20940'>expectations.</span> <span m='21870'>With</span> <span m='22110'>plastic</span> <span m='22520'>surgery,</span> <span m='23930'>people</span> <span m='24190'>have</span> <span m='24410'>an</span> <span m='24520'>idea</span> <span m='25180'>in</span> <span m='25360'>their</span> <span m='25500'>head,</span> <span m='26220'>of</span> <span m='26330'>course,</span> <span m='26640'>of what</span> <span m='26790'>they</span> <span m='26880'>want</span> <span m='27010'>to</span> <span m='27080'>look</span> <span m='27290'>like</span> <span m='27520'>and what</span> <span m='27760'>they</span> <span m='27850'>want</span> <span m='28020'>to</span> <span m='28070'>achieve,</span> <span m='28850'>and</span> <span m='29370'>you</span> <span m='29460'>have</span> <span m='29550'>to</span> <span m='29660'>set</span> <span m='29850'>them</span> <span m='30010'>up</span> <span m='30130'>for</span> <span m='30250'>realistic</span> <span m='30790'>expectations,</span> <span m='33050'>also</span> <span m='33550'>while</span> <span m='33840'>being</span> <span m='34300'>a</span> <span m='34410'>nice</span> <span m='34880'>human</span> <span m='35675'>to</span> <span m='35980'>them.</span> <span m='37880'>Anyway,</span> <span m='38270'>I</span> <span m='38535'>think</span> <span m='38800'>that's</span> <span m='39196'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='39592'>A key</span> <span m='39990'>realization</span> <span m='40740'>I</span> <span m='40840'>had</span> <span m='41190'>on</span> <span m='41340'>my</span> <span m='41470'>path</span> <span m='41830'>to</span> <span m='41960'>this</span> <span m='42190'>field,</span> <span m='43370'>I</span> <span m='44020'>loved</span> <span m='44790'>being</span> <span m='45050'>a</span> <span m='45110'>landscaper.</span> <span m='45920'>I</span> <span m='46175'>did.</span> <span m='46430'>I</span> <span m='46540'>loved</span> <span m='46790'>working</span> <span m='47030'>outside.</span> <span m='47360'>I</span> <span m='47690'>loved</span> <span m='48010'>doing</span> <span m='48430'>a</span> <span m='48530'>physical</span> <span m='48900'>job.</span> <span m='49810'>I</span> <span m='51110'>might</span> <span m='51680'>be</span> <span m='52080'>not</span> <span m='52710'>your</span> <span m='52840'>average</span> <span m='53150'>landscaper</span> <span m='53700'>either,</span> <span m='54090'>a</span> <span m='54510'>woman</span> <span m='55000'>who</span> <span m='55390'>is</span> <span m='56870'>kind</span> <span m='57080'>of</span> <span m='57170'>a</span> <span m='57230'>normal-sized</span> <span m='58120'>person,</span> <span m='59880'>but</span> <span m='60100'>I</span> <span m='60170'>didn't</span> <span m='60440'>not</span> <span m='60650'>love</span> <span m='60790'>that</span> <span m='60990'>job.</span> <span m='61260'>I really,</span> <span m='62030'>really</span> <span m='62150'>loved</span> <span m='62330'>that</span> <span m='62450'>job,</span> <span m='62750'>and</span> <span m='63020'>to</span> <span m='63560'>leave</span> <span m='63990'>that</span> <span m='64190'>job</span> <span m='64519'>and</span> <span m='64700'>make</span> <span m='64890'>that</span> <span m='65040'>decision</span> <span m='65440'>that,</span> <span m='65590'>that</span> <span m='65740'>wasn't</span> <span m='66000'>going</span> <span m='66090'>to</span> <span m='66130'>be</span> <span m='66260'>a</span> <span m='66330'>lifetime</span> <span m='67460'>job</span> <span m='67890'>for</span> <span m='68030'>me,</span> <span m='68420'>was</span> <span m='69230'>kind</span> <span m='69410'>of a</span> <span m='69550'>big</span> <span m='69740'>realization.</span> <span m='70590'>And</span> <span m='70790'>then</span> <span m='70960'>to</span> <span m='71070'>try</span> <span m='71310'>and</span> <span m='71450'>find</span> <span m='71740'>out</span> <span m='71910'>what</span> <span m='72150'>the</span> <span m='72240'>next</span> <span m='72930'>thing</span> <span m='73180'>would</span> <span m='73320'>be</span> <span m='73730'>and</span> <span m='73860'>go</span> <span m='75440'>out,</span> <span m='75750'>and</span> <span m='76230'>look,</span> <span m='76500'>and</span> <span m='76720'>do</span> <span m='76950'>it,</span> <span m='77210'>and</span> <span m='77650'>not</span> <span m='77950'>know</span> <span m='78120'>for</span> <span m='78310'>sure--</span> <span m='78595'>I</span> <span m='78960'>was</span> <span m='79110'>going</span> <span m='79360'>into</span> <span m='79520'>nursing--</span> <span m='79800'>but</span> <span m='80270'>not</span> <span m='80430'>know</span> <span m='80560'>exactly</span> <span m='80930'>how</span> <span m='81160'>that</span> <span m='81330'>was</span> <span m='81500'>going</span> <span m='81610'>to</span> <span m='81660'>go.</span> <span m='81950'>That was</span> <span m='82190'>a little</span> <span m='82460'>scary,</span> <span m='82980'>but</span> <span m='83890'>I</span> <span m='85140'>trusted</span> <span m='85530'>myself</span> <span m='86060'>that</span> <span m='86260'>I</span> <span m='86400'>would</span> <span m='86550'>land</span> <span m='86780'>on</span> <span m='86890'>my feet</span> <span m='87530'>and</span> <span m='87800'>that I</span> <span m='87870'>would</span> <span m='88020'>find</span> <span m='88600'>my</span> <span m='88855'>path.</span> </p><p><span m='89590'>Is</span> <span m='89780'>it</span> <span m='89940'>hard</span> <span m='90230'>to</span> <span m='90350'>get</span> <span m='90500'>a</span> <span m='90560'>job</span> <span m='90810'>in</span> <span m='90900'>this</span> <span m='91010'>field?</span> <span m='92280'>I</span> <span m='92410'>think</span> <span m='92690'>that</span> <span m='92800'>nursing</span> <span m='93250'>in</span> <span m='93430'>general</span> <span m='94030'>it</span> <span m='94150'>is</span> <span m='94390'>not</span> <span m='94670'>necessarily</span> <span m='95230'>hard</span> <span m='95420'>to</span> <span m='95480'>get</span> <span m='95610'>a</span> <span m='95670'>job</span> <span m='95930'>in</span> <span m='96010'>this</span> <span m='96190'>field.</span> <span m='96650'>I</span> <span m='96710'>think</span> <span m='97060'>that</span> <span m='97300'>some</span> <span m='97460'>of</span> <span m='97530'>the</span> <span m='97590'>specialized</span> <span m='98130'>training</span> <span m='98730'>that</span> <span m='99040'>you</span> <span m='99330'>need</span> <span m='99610'>to</span> <span m='99700'>be</span> <span m='99980'>a</span> <span m='100050'>plastic</span> <span m='100510'>surgery</span> <span m='101060'>nurse</span> <span m='102270'>can</span> <span m='102550'>be</span> <span m='102670'>difficult</span> <span m='103290'>to</span> <span m='103680'>obtain.</span> <span m='104290'>You</span> <span m='104700'>have</span> <span m='104850'>to</span> <span m='104960'>find</span> <span m='105490'>somebody</span> <span m='105910'>who's</span> <span m='106120'>willing</span> <span m='106500'>to</span> <span m='106620'>train</span> <span m='107000'>you,</span> <span m='107680'>and,</span> <span m='108250'>in</span> <span m='108620'>private</span> <span m='109090'>practice,</span> <span m='109550'>that</span> <span m='109690'>can</span> <span m='109840'>be</span> <span m='109970'>hard.</span> <span m='111680'>So,</span> <span m='112950'>definitely</span> <span m='113760'>to</span> <span m='113880'>become</span> <span m='114380'>a</span> <span m='114480'>nurse</span> <span m='114760'>injector,</span> <span m='115230'>that's</span> <span m='115880'>probably</span> <span m='116610'>a</span> <span m='116690'>little</span> <span m='117090'>bit</span> <span m='117290'>harder</span> <span m='117800'>as</span> <span m='117940'>well.</span> <span m='118250'>Because</span> <span m='118330'>if</span> <span m='118830'>you</span> <span m='118970'>mess</span> <span m='119220'>up,</span> <span m='119655'>it's</span> <span m='120090'>on</span> <span m='120280'>somebody's</span> <span m='120670'>face.</span> <span m='122060'>So,</span> <span m='122930'>you</span> <span m='123270'>really</span> <span m='123660'>do</span> <span m='124980'>want</span> <span m='125310'>to</span> <span m='125490'>be</span> <span m='125720'>fully</span> <span m='126020'>trained</span> <span m='126390'>for</span> <span m='126740'>those</span> <span m='127030'>kind</span> <span m='127210'>of</span> <span m='127290'>jobs,</span> <span m='127710'>but</span> <span m='129050'>to</span> <span m='129190'>go</span> <span m='129430'>into</span> <span m='129740'>some</span> <span m='129910'>kind</span> <span m='130070'>of</span> <span m='130270'>OR</span> <span m='130680'>nursing,</span> <span m='130940'>I</span> <span m='130990'>think</span> <span m='131330'>would</span> <span m='131470'>probably</span> <span m='131940'>be</span> <span m='132190'>a</span> <span m='132240'>little</span> <span m='132430'>bit</span> <span m='132590'>easier.</span> </p>","file":{"id":396103,"video_id":"3518151441001","name":"2598-Cara-RNPlasticSurgery2","duration":133956,"thumbnail_url":null}});