We’re thrilled to introduce one of our newest cosmedicine nurses, Hannah Askew. Hannah has previously worked in cosmetic injecting and burns-unit nursing as well as beauty therapy, plus she’s also had a previous life as a talented ballet dancer. We sat down with her to find out more:
You started your career in beauty therapy – what led you into that?
I’ve always had a passion for beauty and aesthetics. I had been studying ballet full-time at the Wellington School of Dance for 18 months. I decided I needed a change of pace so that’s when I went into beauty therapy.
– Hannah on stage as a ballerina
When and why did you decide to train as a nurse?
As a beauty therapist I had a passion for skincare, beauty and aesthetics and wanted to continue to grow my knowledge in the industry, this led me into plastics nursing and cosmetic medicine.
I think myself, along with many other nurses, are drawn to the profession because of a sincere desire to help others. I was able to do this through my beauty work, however, I wanted to upskill and offer more for people. As a beauty therapist, I worked alongside cosmetic injectors. I admired the work the nurses were able to do, so I decided to complete my degree to become an injector.
What type of nursing did you do and what did you learn from it?
Once I completed my degree I started working as a nurse at The National Burns Centre, while also working as at an injecting nurse at a cosmedicine clinic. I completed my post-grad NETP qualification while working at the hospital. Working at the National Burns Centre provided me with a lot of knowledge that I have been able to integrate into my cosmetic injecting role. It gave me experience with plastic/reconstructive nursing, advanced wound healing, skincare, pain management, and caring for patients and families in traumatic circumstances.
What do you enjoy about treating patients with injectables?
I enjoy the artistic aspect of cosmetic injecting and bringing out the unique beauty in everyone. I believe the cosmetic industry can offer empowerment and confidence to individuals in a really positive way.
For me, helping people feel comfortable and confident with themselves is such a fulfilling role. It brings me joy to be able to help people feel confident.
What are you looking forward to about working at The Face Place?
Working with a great team of inspiring women.
– Hannah with Dr Cat at a recent Hyalase training workshop.
What appeals to you about the chance to perform our intimate wellness treatments at The Face Place?
Intimate wellness is a concern women often keep to themselves. However due to childbirth, menopause and age-related changes, issues are common. As a nurse I am passionate about helping women overcome many health concerns, including restoration of sexual health. Intimate wellness and confidence are vital to a holistic sense of happiness. These treatments can make a big difference for women. They are simple, safe and effective.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Nelson before going to Australia to train in ballet full-time when I was 16. When I was 17, I moved to Wellington to train in classical ballet there. I then studied beauty, got my diploma and worked as a beauty therapist before completing my nursing degree in Wellington. After my studies, I moved to work in Auckland. My favourite part of New Zealand is Golden Bay.
– Enjoying the outdoors with her dog Pepper.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Yoga, sketching, painting, meditation, going out for walks with my dog and anything close to nature like swimming and bush walks. And of course I still love going to the ballet!