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Medicinal Chemistry to Nursing HELP!!

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Why bother with a post grad? Are they even worth it? Have your say! 26-10-2016
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    Hello. I am really worried incase I've made a bad decision. Please help.

    I have recently given up medicinal chemistry to apply for nursing, the reasoning behind my decision was that I wanted to work more with people and less in a lab. I don't really want to make drugs, however I am still very very interested in this subject. (people have suggested I do medicine but I don't have the grades or funding and had to complete an access course for medicinal chem.)

    Is there a role amongst nursing where you will still get to work with drugs/hormones and study their role in the brain? maybe a substance misuse nurse or research nurse? or neurology? I have loved learning about and would like to learn more about neurotransmitters and the way hormones and drugs work within the body as well as disease. Maybe I could do a masters and specialise in something but I'm not sure what?
    I'm so scared I've made a bad choice as my interests lie deeply within the study of drugs. I did think about pharmacy but have heard lots of bad things about it and I wouldn't want to work in the community because I don't think i'd enjoy the business end of it.

    If it's nursing you're going for, it sounds like you might want to have a look at mental health nursing. Sounds like it would be up your alley.*

    However, I think the role you are appearing to describe is more medical than you're willing to admit. Going into nursing, I don't think you'll necessarily get the depth and range that you're looking for. If you want a caring role which also requires you to use a detailed knowledge of neurotransmitters etc. then you may find MHN or Adult Nursing too superficial.*

    However, you can become a advanced mental health nurse practitioner or a consultant nurse as part of your career development and that would give you more autonomy within your nursing role. This would give you the knowledge and skills to diagnose and treat patients who came to you without recourse to a medical consult.*

    There is no reason, though, to do everything right now. A lot of what you're describing is stuff that you do later on in a career, unless you're doing medicine, in which case it's all part of the same package. You've decided you want to work with people and not in a lab and that's your first step. If you don't want to do medicine, stick pins in the things that you want to do, the advanced skills you want to gain, and the knowledge you want to accrue and keep reading up on them in the meantime. Nothing stopping you doing a master's degree later on in something like neuroscience if you want to. But get the basic skills first and build up from there.*
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