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Adult nursing or occupational therapy poll and advice

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Which one should I do?

Which one should I do?
I know I can do postgrad degree in both areas - which one would be better to do first?
Go for adult nursing
It all depends on what you want to do as a career OP, this isn't a decision that should be based upon a poll on here.

What interests you in each profession, what do you want to do?
Original post by moonkatt
It all depends on what you want to do as a career OP, this isn't a decision that should be based upon a poll on here.

What interests you in each profession, what do you want to do?

I would like to help people.
I would do occupational therapy but the career prospects are not as good as nursing and after university I would like to be able to have a job using my degree than in a job not using it.
Original post by sunsetlover321
I would like to help people.
I would do occupational therapy but the career prospects are not as good as nursing and after university I would like to be able to have a job using my degree than in a job not using it.

The way places are allocated for healthcare courses is such that it is planned upon staffing forecasts, so it is likely you will be able to find employment on registration regardless of which path you choose. With how things are in the NHS there are loads of jobs at the moment and I imagine this will continue for the foreseeable future.

Have you been able to speak to any OTs or nurses? Getting some experience through talking to people doing the job, shadowing or work experience would be useful for you, it will help give you an insight to the roles and will support a future application as well.
Original post by moonkatt
The way places are allocated for healthcare courses is such that it is planned upon staffing forecasts, so it is likely you will be able to find employment on registration regardless of which path you choose. With how things are in the NHS there are loads of jobs at the moment and I imagine this will continue for the foreseeable future.

Have you been able to speak to any OTs or nurses? Getting some experience through talking to people doing the job, shadowing or work experience would be useful for you, it will help give you an insight to the roles and will support a future application as well.

I was not aware of this - thankyou :smile:
I have spoke to my mum who is a nurse so have a good idea on the roles of each professions.
I am also doing a virtual work experience placement on nursing and occupational therapy so far it has been very informative
Original post by sunsetlover321
I was not aware of this - thankyou :smile:
I have spoke to my mum who is a nurse so have a good idea on the roles of each professions.
I am also doing a virtual work experience placement on nursing and occupational therapy so far it has been very informative

Good, hopefully that will help you with making your mind up. If you want to ask me about nursing I'm more than happy to be messaged by you on here, I'm a critical care nurse.
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Hi I’m having the same problem, I have offers for occupational therapy and adult nursing and only have 3 more days to reply to my offers but I’m still completely stuck between the two
Hi,

I've also had a similar experience trying to decide and in the end I went for OT.

This blog post was quite interesting in summarising the differences between both careers: https://www.regiscollege.edu/blog/occupational-therapy/occupational-therapy-vs-nursing-key-differences

I think that OT is great in that you can train for one degree and can work across a wide range of settings and with different people, such as both children and adults, as well as in a physical and mental health setting. I think with nursing you may have to pick either mental health, learning disability, child nursing or adult nursing so might be more limited to the setting you trained in (unless you go for a dual registration degree).

With OT I believe your more standard 9-5 weekday schedule is followed, whereas I think nursing may be more like 3x 12 hour shifts, and involve working weekends and nights. So this is definitely something to consider. In terms of the careers, people talk about OT being holistic and looking at the physical, social, psychological and environmental factors concerning patients, whereas nursing is known to be more medical. I think OTs might also get to spend more one on one time with patients. Another thing to consider is that people also talk about OTs having more autonomy, as they assess and design treatment plans for patients, though I guess in nursing you might specialise in an area and have similar autonomy.

I found that I could contact OTs and shadow them to gain more of an insight. Also, working as a healthcare assistant can be useful to gain more of an insight into nursing. However, both careers are fantastic and I think you can go off in a wide range of areas after getting your general registration. I know OTs can train in CBT, play therapy and other things as well, and I'm sure there is similar scope for nurses too.

Hope that helps and good luck with your decision. And don't forget, you aren't permanently bound by your decision, so if you picked a degree and felt it wasn't right, you can always change :smile: Or even retrain in the future.

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