Penny Kistler
About The Author

Penny Kistler was born in Chicago, Illinois where she and her twin sister were raised by her father, a golf course architect, and her mother, a full time parent. They moved to a farm in Matteson, Illinois when Penny was about seven years old. She and her sister attended a nearby one-room school along with three other students. Penny’s father taught her how to drive a tractor. She also drove a truck with a stick shift and helped plant corn and soybeans. When Penny was nine, her father had a heart attack and she drove him to a hospital about six miles from their farm. He recovered and became very successful in developing specialized grasses for golf courses. He gave Penny a Shetland Sheep Dog. She trained this purebred AKC registered show dog who won many awards for obedience, beauty and confirmation. During high school, she met influential people at dog shows and her talent with animals eventually led to a scholarship in nursing.

Penny won a nursing scholarship at age 17 and graduated three years later. After graduating as a Registered Nurse, her talents were recognized in her first job as a Courier Nurse for the Santa Fe Railroad. She married, had two children and volunteered at many charities. When her marriage ended, she began working at Fluor Constructors, Inc. and returned to school while raising her children.

She was responsible for the health and safety of 1500 construction workers who were building an oil refinery for Fluor in Wilmington, California. This was the last oil refinery that was built in the United States. During those five years she received honors for her dedication, enthusiasm and outstanding performance as Coordinator for both Fluor’s “United Way Campaign” which raised one million dollars for this worthwhile charity and “Hands Across America” which was selected to be in the Guinness Book of World Records. Penny was a primary contributor to the field construction site’s winning the Safety Award for no injuries or lost time. She also made presentations to over 200 participants at the University of California Irvine called “Expanding Your Horizons: Women in Science and Mathematics.” She transferred to Fluor’s corporate offices where she was responsible for providing first aid, primary care, emergency and preventive healthcare to 7,000 white-collar workers. She also taught nursing students about expanding opportunities in the nursing industry. After four years in that position, she was suddenly laid off with 7,000 other employees in the early 80’s.

While working at Fluor, she was selected to join a small, elite group of ten students who became certified in Environmental and Occupational Health Nursing, a two-year course at the University of California, Irvine. This course gave her the credits required to sit for two national certification examinations and she was one of the first women in the United States to accomplish this challenge.

She also became involved with the Occupational Health Nurse Association and was elected as a Director for four years, while her responsibilities expanded at Fluor. She consulted, selected medical providers and made presentations to businesses and corporations with other health professionals and educators on first aid, prevention and early intervention of injuries and diseases in the workplace. She was offered a position at Firemen’s Fund Insurance Company as a Senior Special Programs Consultant overseeing seven California branches. She consulted on workmen’s compensation, chemical hazards, prevention and safety to reduce workmen’s compensation costs and injuries. Many of her insureds contacted her employers about the excellent job she did for them.

Penny is a continuing member of the Medical Ergonomic Society, Advisory Board on Special Education at the Irvine Unified School District as an advisor to parents and teachers. She is also a continuing member of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She was acknowledged for nursing leadership by the Magnet Recognition Program Appraisal Process for hospital organizations as an Occupational Health Nurse. This program was developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to recognize healthcare organizations and it provides nursing excellence.

She saw emerging changes in the skincare industry and began her search for a new career, which led her to an advanced skincare program for Registered Nurses, Physicians and Licensed Estheticians. It was presented by a Nurse Practitioner and a Skincare Specialist who created and manufactures a professional skincare line. This program provided 40 continuing education units and Penny became an Aesthetic Nurse Specialist after receiving certifications in chemical peels, product knowledge and microdermabrasion. Next, she enrolled in a cosmetology school that included a 4-1/2 month esthetician course and 600 hours of study and practical experience.

She realized that the course needed to be more comprehensive for students to complete all the required assignments and practical experience. Fellow students told her that they were intimidated about the State Board Examinations. After taking the examinations she realized that the 4-1/2 month course was definitely not adequate to train and educate students properly.

Penny has always loved skincare and has devoted the past four years to expanding her knowledge of advanced chemical peels and microdermabrasion, which she integrated into her Esthetician business. She has interviewed and consulted with numerous experts in dermatology, licensed estheticians and skincare manufacturers to increase her understanding of skincare products and aesthetics.

After failing the written part of the two-part test by one point, then retaking the exam and passing, Penny decided she wanted to encourage students and prepare them by providing a strong foundation of practical information and knowledge. Her purpose for writing “Esthetician Learning” is to help esthetician students prepare for and pass both the practical and written State Board Examinations, as well as to assist them in overcoming their fears by helping to build their confidence.

Penny was honored for her scholastic achievements by Phi Theta Cappa International, Santiago Canyon College in Orange, CA.

As a Licensed Esthetician and Aesthetic Nurse Specialist, Penny’s greatest pleasure is to encourage professionalism while helping students succeed by providing the best educational materials and methods that will enable them reach their career goals.

Wishing You Every Success,

Penny Kistler, R.N., COHN’s, CCM
Licensed Esthetician

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