Can you work as both? Nurse and...

  1. Can you become a nurse and pharmacist AND work both jobs? Different times, of course!
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  3. by   honeykrown
    I believe so. As long as your license is functional ans you meet renewal requirements like hours worked then there should be no problem. Although you have to stay within your scope of practice. This means you can't be working as a nurse and prescribing meds
    Last edit by honeykrown on Apr 14, '11 : Reason: additional comment
  4. by   nvsmom
    so one couldn't work both as a nurse and a pharmacist?
  5. by   GGT1
    Well related to the response above... a Pharmacist does not prescribe meds, only dispenses.

    I believe you can, but not sure why you would. Pharmacist come out of school making $80,000- $90,000/yr. I know it's not all about money but as hard as I work I'd probably end up following the money.
  6. by   rninbloom
    There is no reason why you couldn't work as both. I think the diversity of your knowledge and experience would make you better at either specialty. People change careers all the time and/or work full time in one field and part time in another. Do what makes you happiest!
  7. by   GM2RN
    Quote from nvsmom
    so one couldn't work both as a nurse and a pharmacist?
    Yes, you can. What the PP was saying is that while you are on the clock as a nurse, you can only work within the scope of practice of a nurse. You cannot be on the clock as a nurse and do anything that only a pharmacist could do, and vice versa.
  8. by   kool-aide, RN
    Even if I did attain a "higher" license than "RN," I would deff keep my RN license current. In fact, once I'm an RN I would LOVE to keep "CNA" on my badge if I could.. lol I would be proud of any and all titles I have earned. Does that make sense? lol
  9. by   KUNursingStudent
    I know of 2 people that are part-time nurses and part-time flight attendants! How cool is that!
  10. by   systoly
    I believe it would be a huge advantage. Think about nurse lawyers.
  11. by   SPERPI
    I don't see why not. I agree with the previous post though. Once you becone a pharmacist why would you want to continue working as a nurse? pharmacist make way more money!
  12. by   Sarah010101
    I worked as a pharm tech a couple years ago at a local pharmacy. One of the pharmacists there was an RN.. however she enjoyed the medication aspect of nursing so much she went to become a pharmacist. I believe she did home care as an RN on her days off.
  13. by   MBARNBSN
    Quote from sperpi
    i don't see why not. i agree with the previous post though. once you becone a pharmacist why would you want to continue working as a nurse? pharmacist make way more money!

    true, but some people work as nurses by the bedside (direct patient care) because they cannot stand to live without that relationship with other human beings. pharmacist provide patient teaching and are able to interact with the public, but this is not the same (good or bad) as a nurse who provides direct patient care.
  14. by   IndiKast
    For safety, I'd contact your regulatory boards just to make sure. I know that here, in TX, we aren't allowed to work under a lower license once we've taken a job in the higher one. I'm not sure how that would translate to two unrelated ones but I can see a potential for a conflict of interest there. There's a reason that people don't higher nurses to do CNA work. It's because they don't want the "CNA" overstepping her bounds when she should just be following orders instead of questioning them....etc.
    Good luck!

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