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I am currently a healthcare assistant working in a mental health hospital who already possesses a degree. Due to the changes in funding I ended up rushing through some applications to apply to do mental health nursing at postgrad level. I have managed to lineup a couple of interviews but while waiting to hear about these further researched my options and found the psychotherapy route. Now I am completely unsure which route to take. Trouble with finances while studying for nursing put me off, alongside the way nursing has changed and eventual burnout, not to mention further changes that will happen under our current government. Any advice appreciated
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Have you enjoyed your job thus far?
Psychotherapy and nursing are very different and you need to think about what you would enjoy about each route.
Nursing in mental health is very different from children's for example, but in mental health you will be working with all ages, however adolescent and adult tend to be more common. Bursaries are stopping in England for the Sept 2017 intake onwards...
However, many people who go into nursing do it because they love it. Finances or not many people struggle but it is doable. Yes you start as a band 5, but you can work your way up through the bandings and specialise and become a nurse prescriber etc.
Do whatever you feel your passion is in, it's your future career after all.

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Yes, love the job!!Think I've been having a bit of a breakdown the last couple of weeks. Crisis of confidence over potentially not getting a place. Feel refocused and ready to go for the interviews. Nursing is what I want to do. If I am unsuccessful this time round will have to come back stronger, even if the funding has changed. Psychotherapy does interest me but the passion isn't the same. Will just work on continually developing and implementing therapeutic skills as a nurse
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