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    I was just wondering, what exactly are the differences between a doctors role and a nurses role.
    I am a 2nd year medical student but am considering dropping out of the course as it is academically too difficult and I have got to the point where I feel like I honestly can't cope with the workload anymore.
    I am now considering applying to nursing. I have done much internet research but it seems like there is much overlap between the roles.
    Obviously doctors all go to medical school whilst nurses go to university to study nursing which is a shorter course, doctors can prescribe whilst nurses generally can't (apart from nurse practitioners), nurses spend more time with each patient as they are assigned to a ward.
    Any advice/ input would be much appreciated.
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    The way I think of it is that doctors are disease specialists, no matter what their area of practice. The aim of medicine is to diagnose, treat and ideally cure disease. Although in practice it's messier than that & doctors do take into account social & psychological circumstances of patients, it's the patient's condition/illness/disease that is the doctor's primary concern.

    Nursing is about caring for the whole person. Obviously that includes medical procedures & administering meds, but also about looking at their wellbeing from all angles- helping with activities of living, making sure spiritual needs are met, etc. (Could write a lot more but need to get ready for work!)

    When I was doing my research on nursing I found the first few chapters of introductory nursing textbooks to be helpful- maybe try to seek one out in your uni library?

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    (Original post by Amabel)
    The way I think of it is that doctors are disease specialists, no matter what their area of practice. The aim of medicine is to diagnose, treat and ideally cure disease. Although in practice it's messier than that & doctors do take into account social & psychological circumstances of patients, it's the patient's condition/illness/disease that is the doctor's primary concern.

    Nursing is about caring for the whole person. Obviously that includes medical procedures & administering meds, but also about looking at their wellbeing from all angles- helping with activities of living, making sure spiritual needs are met, etc. (Could write a lot more but need to get ready for work!)

    When I was doing my research on nursing I found the first few chapters of introductory nursing textbooks to be helpful- maybe try to seek one out in your uni library?

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    Thanks for your reply- are you a student nurse?
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    (Original post by hello kitty 2013)
    Thanks for your reply- are you a student nurse?
    Not yet, but have a place to start in September

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    (Original post by Amabel)
    Not yet, but have a place to start in September

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    good luck hope it works out well for you
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    I think nursing involves a more holistic view of the patient, as the poster above says you take care of physical, mental, emotional needs and since I work in a long-term unit I'm very much involved with the relatives whereas the doctors at work only see the patients for less than an hour a week. It's very much a caring job as you're doing it all the time right down to feeding and changing patients, which I like as I feel then that I'm making a difference and I enjoy looking after them And I do agree that medicine is just treating the illness rather than the whole person.
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    (Original post by x-pixie-x)
    I think nursing involves a more holistic view of the patient, as the poster above says you take care of physical, mental, emotional needs and since I work in a long-term unit I'm very much involved with the relatives whereas the doctors at work only see the patients for less than an hour a week. It's very much a caring job as you're doing it all the time right down to feeding and changing patients, which I like as I feel then that I'm making a difference and I enjoy looking after them And I do agree that medicine is just treating the illness rather than the whole person.
    That's awesome, keep doing what you're doing.
    It's weird that you say that doctors only care about the medical side of things, that's what I also observed in my work experience, however the university seem to teach us to consider the person as a whole. :rolleyes:
 
 
 
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