Plastic Surgical
Nurse Certification
Aesthetic Nurse
Specialist Certification
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To be eligible to apply for certification, the candidate must:

  1. Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories
    or Canada, and
  2. Work in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT); and
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within one of the listed Core Specialties above in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within three (3) years prior to application, and
  4. Have spent at least one thousand (1,000) practice hours within the core specialties during the preceding two (2) years, and
  5. Have your Supervising Core Physician endorse your application.

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Recertifying your CANS Credential
Recertification through continuing nursing education contact hours is accomplished by accumulating 45 contact hours during the 3-year CANS certification period.

Contact hours do not have to be accumulated in all categories; however, a minimum of 2 contact hours must be specifically related to patient safety. Any combinations of the following activities are acceptable; however, a minimum of 30 contact hours must be earned in plastic surgical nursing.

Applications for renewal of your Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) credential by continuing nursing education must be received 30 days in advance of the certification expiration date. Completed application, appropriate forms, supporting materials, and fee must be submitted at one time.

For a comprehensive overview and instructions for the Recertification of your CANS please refer to the Guide to Recertification By Continuing Education Credit.

Recertification by continuing education requires contact hours must be earned through a nursing accreditation body. Credit earned by other methods, such as CME, must be approved by the PSNCB prior to submission of your packets. Failure to submit these alternative credits for review prior can result in a delay or denial of your recertification.

The Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) Exam is supported by:



Deadline Late Fee Deadline* Examination Date
Deadline has passed Deadline has passed 5/20/2017
Cross National Sites
Submission period beginning January 1, 2017
8/18/2017 9/1/2017 10/9/2017
ISPAN Convention, Orlando, FL
8/8/2017 9/1/2017 10/12/2017
AES Meeting
Miami, Florida
8/18/2017 9/1/2017 10/14/2017
Cross National Sites
Submission period beginning June 1, 2017

*Add $25 late fee to application
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The Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing, 4th edition, represents the comprehensive documentation of plastic and reconstructive surgical nursing knowledge and skills. This new edition reflects advances in technology and patient management and contains additional chapters presenting material on a wider variety of topics germane to plastic surgery.

The Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing, 4th edition, is a resource for every aspect of patient care and the development of educational materials and a guide for self-development. Each chapter includes principles upon which to base an effective plan for patient care.

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