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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    I've always had an interest in doing that too - the reason why I first wanted to be a dietitian and then went to study Nutrition(but later dropped out!)
    I didn't realise you could do this if you were a nurse though? I suppose you could specialize in Nutrition/eating disorders.

    course you can, ive worked in the CNU (clinical nutrition unit) now and again
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    Ohhh coool!

    I can see it's gonna be very hard to decide what area to go into! And I haven't even started yet...
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    (Original post by charleebobs)
    Also, on my diabetes placement we got people who got referred with diabetic foot ulcers from the foot clinic. Some of them were rather serious with one patient who had their tendons on show and another who had to have larvae therapy. It was a really interesting placement.
    Even if you don't get a placement on a diabetes ward, I would try get some experience on there some how just because diabetes is so prominent.
    The foot clinic was the one part of the placement I hated! Might have liked it better if they where using larvae therapy where I was though :P
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    (Original post by hay.hay)
    The foot clinic was the one part of the placement I hated! Might have liked it better if they where using larvae therapy where I was though :P
    It was really interesting!! The tissue viability nurse was soo helpful and explained everything. Unfortunately, the patient was transferred to a different ward before I could see what the wound was like afterwards.
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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    I've always had an interest in doing that too - the reason why I first wanted to be a dietitian and then went to study Nutrition(but later dropped out!)
    I didn't realise you could do this if you were a nurse though? I suppose you could specialize in Nutrition/eating disorders.

    Yes thankfully you can i sufferd personally for 7 years and had alot of contact with mental health nurses,they played a key role to me, so this is the only reason i knew the role i could play
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    (Original post by Holamigo)
    I've always had an interest in doing that too - the reason why I first wanted to be a dietitian and then went to study Nutrition(but later dropped out!)
    I didn't realise you could do this if you were a nurse though? I suppose you could specialize in Nutrition/eating disorders.
    you would need to be a mental health nurse to work with eating disorder patients. i had an eating disorder for 7years and was hospitalised several times and the only nurses that ever treat me was a mental health nurse. i sometimes seen that practice nurse if the doc had no time but they never knew anything that helpped, i also sometimes saw a adult nurse if i was admitted to A&E or general med ward due to complications and once to be resusitated but their job was to get me medically stable so i could be sent back to the mental health nurse for the proper eating disorder treatment. as an adult nurse eating disorders are some thing you will see regularly but will alway be passed on to the mental health team for assesment which is when your job as a adult nurse stops.

    sorry for that rant. just wanted to let you know if that was an interest to you then you would need to do mental health nursing.
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    (Original post by elzxx)
    Yes thankfully you can i sufferd personally for 7 years and had alot of contact with mental health nurses,they played a key role to me, so this is the only reason i knew the role i could play
    as someone who has suffered from an ED myself i would say this is dangerous teritory. be careful working around all thoes patient who are amazingly skinny, while they tell you that is it ugly to be a normal weight, it can be triggering no matter how strong you feel.
    i would also suggest never letting them know that you had any knid of eating problem because they will use it against you. seriously ill ED patient are manipulitive liers, this is not their personality it is their illness, they dont mean to be that way but they will do anything to make you feel bad for helping them. it can also be a very frustrating job because only 20% of all thoes with an ED will make a full recovery which means 80% of your patient will stay ill dispite your efforts.
    dont get me wrong i totally admire you for wanting to take this on but am also scared for you because i would say treating ED patients is a huge challange if you have suffered before.
    i do wish you all the best with it though.:yep:
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    I'm sure she will be able to cope if its what she wants to do!

    I was also talking about specializing in Nutrition - not the mental health side.
    Which I'm pretty sure I can do if I'm an adult nurse.
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    Although im applying now after having diabetes for 8 yrs i reali want to be come a diabetes peadiatric nurse it sounds so intresting
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    Is it best to specialise once you have your degree?
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    (Original post by dg2009)
    Is it best to specialise once you have your degree?

    well..yeah, it's nice to work in an area which you find interesting and enjoy working within and feel challenged.

    Proper specialism comes a few years later if you want, but when you qualify you can sometimes have a preference of the sort of nursing you'd like to do as a staff nurse; which can often lead onto specialising after Msc's
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    I'm doing adult nursing at the moment. I would love to eventually be an alcohol and drug substance misuse nurse, but have no clue how to get into that. But when i qualify i would like to be an MAU nurse.
 
 
 
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