A few years ago I left my Pharmacy course for Nursing and recently I've felt like I have been regretting this decision. I took this decision as at the time I wanted to be more clinical and look at the medical side of things, possibly leading to a nurse practitioner (and prescribing). My main interest lies within anatomy and physiology as well as looking at drugs, I am so interested in medicines and the pharmacology linked to them, I love learning about pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. It's safe to say since starting nursing I have done none of that and I am majorly unhappy with the lack of academic work, (although I would like to do a MSc in something more clinical or even attempt to transfer to medicine) so I have been thinking have I made a big mistake? however I've heard a lot of pharmacists say "it's not what it used to be", however I am unsure whether to try and go back to pharmacy, any advice?
(I also feel like the pharmacy pay is so much better, but I am aware that isn't the reason you should take a certain career path) I have heard people mention the money lies in the community but if you work in community you will be stressed out by the business side of things. I am very indecisive HELPPPP
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- Thread Starter
- 23-07-2016 14:56
- 01-08-2016 00:09
Hi, I'm a current 4th year pharmacy student. Firstly, stop panicking! Before you jump back to pharmacy, seriously consider why you left the course in the first place. It can be a hard degree to do at times, so you need to really want it to find the strength to persevere. Different schools of pharmacy have different ways of teaching the content, so choose the one that has the best course to suit you.
Personally, I chose pharmacy because it would give me a job with responsibility and I would be directly helping people. I didn't think I had the right character to become a doctor (eg how do you tell someone they have terminal cancer, or have the nerve to perform surgery?!) and I wanted more responsibility than a nurse.
You'll earn good money no matter which sector of pharmacy you enter, but as you like a more clinical outlook, have you considered being a hospital pharmacist? You get to be out on the wards, and there is more opportunities in hospital for you to become an independent prescriber.
Hopefully this has helped you a bit. If not, there's information about pharmacy careers on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society website. All the best!