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    Hi,
    I really don't know which nursing course is best for me. I know that Adult nursing opens up many doors and allows you to work in hospitals, GP practices, health clinics etc... but i also really want to work with young children and adolescents, so i don't know whether childs nursing is better.
    I also have a passion for helping people with issues such as depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders - but i know this doesn't include so much of the physical aspect and mental health illness' are much broader. Can anyone tell me which you think might be best. Also can anyone tell me what placements are like as an adult nurse or childs nurse please?
    Also, when you qualify in one branch of nursing can you then take further training into another branch of nursing?
    Thank you so much for any help and advice.
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    (Original post by x.BlueEyedGirl.x)
    Hi,
    I really don't know which nursing course is best for me. I know that Adult nursing opens up many doors and allows you to work in hospitals, GP practices, health clinics etc... but i also really want to work with young children and adolescents, so i don't know whether childs nursing is better.
    I also have a passion for helping people with issues such as depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders - but i know this doesn't include so much of the physical aspect and mental health illness' are much broader. Can anyone tell me which you think might be best. Also can anyone tell me what placements are like as an adult nurse or childs nurse please?
    Also, when you qualify in one branch of nursing can you then take further training into another branch of nursing?
    Thank you so much for any help and advice.
    It's difficult to tell you what you want to do as really that's a decision you need to come to for yourself. There really is no 'best' option, it is just whatever you think you are most interested in and at the end of the day, the sort of job you want.

    I do adult nursing and there are a lot of crossovers, you will often find patients in adult settings who have mental health needs, and vice versa as patients don't fall into one category or the other. In A&E or treatment room nursing you will also come across a lot of young people, similarly if you do a mental health course you will find a lot of younger people accessing addiction services. If you really want to only treat children then you would need to take a children's nursing course. Mental health nursing can be less practical, depending on where you work, and in some areas you won't be using so many clinical skills (although there are always exceptions) although you are developing a completely different skill set. Have you tried getting some experience in each of these areas? Even speaking to nurses from different areas to find out what their day consists of could give you a bit of an insight into what you're actually interested in.

    There are a few courses which give you a dual registration but these have very high entry requirements and are competitive. There is a bit of controversy surrounding these as some people see them as not being specialised enough, but it might be something you want to look into. There are also conversion courses which are 12 or 18 months full time study after you have qualified, however places on these courses are very limited, so there is no guarantee you would be able to do one, and it does add on a considerable amount of extra study, which doesn't suit a lot of people. It is possible but not an ideal position to put yourself in. Ultimately you're better off if you choose the area you want to work in and do your degree in that.
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    I do Children's nursing and you get to work with babies to adolescents, a lot of adolescents have mental health issues which you will be required to learn about and deal with as a nurse.

    My placement I've just been on was children's specialist surgery. We specialise in orthopaedics so we had a lot of broken bones, amongst other things. We had a few attempted suicides where they'd jumped from windows and broken bones, we had car accidents etc.

    Don't think that you can't work at a GPs as a children's nurse either because that's wrong. You can specialise in wards (e.g. neonates, surgical, medical) you can work in the community as a district nurse, you can be a school nurse and a GP nurse there's still a lot of career pathways for us too!

    Don't do adult just because of the pathways, if you like working with children do something you like! Nursing is a hard thing to do if you're not with a client group you don't like!
 
 
 
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