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Hi Sam00,

Nursing and biomed are polar opposite sides of healthcare really. One is very academia focused and leads to possible lab based jobs and then other is very clinical skills and care based; just as an outsider, if neither was your ambition from the start, I dare say that neither will satisfy you. Nursing is really something you need strong passion for from the beginning, and biomed has a very much less certain career outcome than it seems you're after.

Perhaps something in the middle is a better bet, something that combines some hands on skills with a more focused academic specialism. Radiotherapy, physiotherapy, ODP or physicians assistant may be worth investigating.


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Thanks, it just peeves me off that medicine is so difficult to get into. Through medicine I would learn a great variety and be able to make a decision about what area I want to go into and there are so many, ophthalmology, psychiatry, surgery, haemotology etc. The thing with physiotherapy and radiotherapy etc are pretty much focused on just one aspect of healthcare which I don't find particularly appealing for the fact I could end up stuck with a degree in something which I don't enjoy.

Biomed is possibly a good choice in that it has diverse modules including human anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, human disease, cancer biology, microbiology etc all of which interest me and would be more beneficial to me should I one day decide to go grad medicine as opposed to lets say radiography
I would go for biomed then, if you want to keep your options open and study the subject you love, and while you're at uni do some hard thinking about your future career path. Then when you finish you have grad medicine, clinical scientist, allied professions like physio, or nursing as graduate entry options depending on what you fancy.

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If you want to specialise then I'd go for Nursing. Nursing will open so many doors to you. You'll be able to specialise in many areas i.e. Cardio-Respiratory Nursing, Trauma and Orthopaedic Nursing. If you want to specialise in these areas then you must be competent with the Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart and Lungs or the Muskuloskeletal System respectively but obviously you'll need to know your body system to see how one can affect the other i.e. Blunt Chest Trauma and it's effect on the lungs and heart or when the heart fails properly then you'll have to know it's effect on the skeletal and muscular system.

Hope this helps. Good luck!


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Thanks, yeh it does help. I actually have a place to study Mental Health Nursing Bsc next March, but now I've got a job as a Path Lab Assistant for the NHS I am keeping my options open and might choose something else next September, I will have to see how things plan out.

I just thought that as Biomed Science is related to Path Lab Assistant then I might become interested in that field, but yeh general Nursing sounds very attractive
You'd be able to apply for Graduate Entry Medicine with a Biomedical Science Degree and Nursing of you still choose to pursue Medicine.


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Someone on my access course was late thirties, didn't get the grades for med, but is going to do a public health degree at Wolverhampton. Public health is another branch of medicine that is hands off but you sort of get to tell doctors what to do?? Its less heavy on chem amd math and bio and is more focused on stats and course work. Nottingham do a masters in public health, and you can obviously do your PhD as well.

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Nearly a year on and I am still working as a lab assistant, the place to begin the mental health nursing course is looming over me and Im unsure the best academic pathway to take, as a result feeling quite stressed.
If MH Nursing isn't sounding attractive, I'd suggest you decline the place and continue considering your options. There are plenty of other healthcare courses available at this time of year that you could start in September. How are you enjoying your lab work? Does that feel like something you'd like to take further?
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