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Polly00
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Hello. I really can't decide which of these three I am most suited to. Could anyone help?
I really enjoy anatomy and physiology and learning about medicines and how they work within the body. I also enjoy emergency care and have often thought about paramedic work, but I know if i'm gonna go down that route I should maybe pick nursing because there are more job opportunities and areas of specialism.
With healthcare science and physiology I would pick cardiac physiology but I dont really know what that role is like? I dont really like working with equipment like machines and technology all the time.
With pharmacy I feel like it is mainly down two routes- business and community or hospital. The idea of being an expert in drugs appeals to me but I feel like there isnt much patient interaction or room for progression although the pay is so good.
With nursing, I feel as though they do a lot of work and underpaid and under appreciated. I wouldnt really want to wash people and work on a ward but the rest of it seems interesting and there are lots of areas to pick.
Can anyone help? I am so confused right now.
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(Original post by Polly00)
Hello. I really can't decide which of these three I am most suited to. Could anyone help?
I really enjoy anatomy and physiology and learning about medicines and how they work within the body. I also enjoy emergency care and have often thought about paramedic work, but I know if i'm gonna go down that route I should maybe pick nursing because there are more job opportunities and areas of specialism.
With healthcare science and physiology I would pick cardiac physiology but I dont really know what that role is like? I dont really like working with equipment like machines and technology all the time.
With pharmacy I feel like it is mainly down two routes- business and community or hospital. The idea of being an expert in drugs appeals to me but I feel like there isnt much patient interaction or room for progression although the pay is so good.
With nursing, I feel as though they do a lot of work and underpaid and under appreciated. I wouldnt really want to wash people and work on a ward but the rest of it seems interesting and there are lots of areas to pick.
Can anyone help? I am so confused right now.
You need to get yourself some work experience to make an informed decision. Community pharmacy would have plenty of patient interaction with it that i know of, nursing might not be the best thing for you if you are uncomfortable with personal care.
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Quite simply don't do nursing if you don't want to wash people as you will spend the majority of your degree as a nursing student helping out with this, especially when people are short staffed.
Then when you qualify you will do this as well when patients need help or assistance and there's staff shortages or a patient requests you etc etc.
You can't escape it.

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You've said that 'you wouldn't really want to wash people and work on a ward'. Well, I think that's nursing out, then...

The other options seem a little confused, if I'm being honest. By the way, an expert on drugs and how they act in the body is a pharmacologist, not a pharmacist. Cardiac physiology is a very specialised corner - you'd have to do a lot of other physiology, some of which you might not find nearly as interesting. I'd read up a bit on what these roles entail a little more. But I think you can rule out nursing!
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Hello. I really can't decide which of these three I am most suited to. Could anyone help?
I really enjoy anatomy and physiology and learning about medicines and how they work within the body. I also enjoy emergency care and have often thought about paramedic work, but I know if i'm gonna go down that route I should maybe pick nursing because there are more job opportunities and areas of specialism.
With healthcare science and physiology I would pick cardiac physiology but I dont really know what that role is like? I dont really like working with equipment like machines and technology all the time.
With pharmacy I feel like it is mainly down two routes- business and community or hospital. The idea of being an expert in drugs appeals to me but I feel like there isnt much patient interaction or room for progression although the pay is so good.
With nursing, I feel as though they do a lot of work and underpaid and under appreciated. I wouldnt really want to wash people and work on a ward but the rest of it seems interesting and there are lots of areas to pick.
Can anyone help? I am so confused right now.
From what you have said I think you would be most suited to Cardiac Phsyiology. There is alot of paitent interaction as well as emergency work. You dont wash paitnets or take them to the toilet etc. You would just diagnose and help with the treatment of paitnets. There is a huge shortage of Cardiac physiologists so you will not struggle to find a job, most stundets secure a full time job before graduating in the third year.
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