I am drawn to both careers: OT and psychiatric NP (direct entry programs for someone who already has a BA). I have heard many negative things about psych nurses from non psych nurses. On the other hand, I hear a large variety of things about OT from it being a "fluffy" career to it being one of the best healthcare careers.
The things I want in a career are a good sense of fulfillment, decent pay, and flexible schedule. Also I am wanting something in large demand that would be fairly easy to take a few years off and go back to work when I want to or work just 1 day a week (few years off maybe to have kids). Any insight is appreciated. I realize these are totally different fields, but I really feel torn. I have shadowed OT, and have enjoyed some shadows and others not so much. Psych NP shadowing seems to be impossible, so I am hoping some people have advice or insight on this.