Please help me!

  1. Hey everyone. This is my first post here. I am a chemistry major in college. I once wanted to be a nurse, but then I wanted to be a doctor, and so on. Now that I'm majoring in chem, I know I have a lot more choices to choose from. The reason I am posting here is because I want everyone to give me their input on what I should do (or what would be a good choice to do) after I graduate with my degree in chem. I really like the idea of going into Forensic Science, and with a chem degree, that would not be a bad idea. Anyways, I thought since there are SOOOO many intelligent, wise nurses out there , you all could help me. Thanks again, and have a great day!!

    ~Kacy
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Jay-Jay
    Hmm...this hardly belongs in the humour forum. I will move it to the General Discussion Forum, okay?
  4. by   RN always
    Well I'm not sure if I can help you but I can at least tell you that we need more nurses out there so if you ever change your mind about becoming a nurse, let us know! in the meantime, good luck with chemistry,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yuck, my worst subject!
  5. by   ERNurse752
    Maybe you could arrange a shadow experience with a nurse. That way you could get a look at what nursing is really like, to see if you like it or not. Does any particular area of nursing interest you?

    One of the best things about nursing is that there are so many different things you can do. You can work in a hospital in many different areas, clinics, research, teaching, advance practice, etc. It's great for a person like me, since I like to do many different things, and am always thinking about something new to do.

    A nurse I used to work with in intensive care also had a chem degree, and a few years ago she went to work in research for a pharmaceutical company.

    Good luck with whatever you do, and if you have any more questions, ask away!
  6. by   renerian
    Wow I would do the forensics........if I am spelling that right. Would be neat!

    renerian
  7. by   Audreyfay
    Depends on what you really like to do. If you have already taken that much chemistry, why not put that knowledge to work in forensic science? I sounds like you are heading for a different area than nursing. The questions would be: 1. Do you enjoy working with people? 2. List reasons why you would like to go into each area. 3. Look at pros and cons. Of course, we always need more nurses. However, if you are considering nursing because you think you will be earning plenty of money, turn and run into another direction, and fast. Nurses make about the same income as teachers, and work 12 months, instead of 9. They work weekends, nights and holidays. Nursing is a very physical job. Others would not be as hard on your body.
    Good luck with your future! But how exciting to be at the beginning!
  8. by   Flo1216
    A good friend of mine uses her biochemistry degree to make perfume for a major company? How cool is that? God bless you! I HATED chemistry!
  9. by   sjoe
    1) you would have very LITTLE opportunity to use specialized chemistry skills and information in nursing.

    2) what do your science peers do when they have finished their chemistry training and education? the drug industry? oil/plastics? what kinds of jobs do they get? look into those areas for a more likely match for you than nursing.

    3) many universities (and most community colleges) offer free career testing and counseling. this might be a more useful avenue for you to explore than simply looking at one career possibility after another.
    Last edit by sjoe on Dec 28, '02
  10. by   chemistry_chick
    Thanks for getting back to me everyone and thanks Jay Jay for moving it to the right forum. LOL, I didn't even realize I was in the Humor Forum. The reason I posted here is because I always wanted to be a nurse, but then realized that Chemistry suited me much more. I just thought that maybe some of you were in my position when you were in college. Maybe not. However, thanks again for your thoughts.
    ~Kacy
  11. by   chemistry_chick
    To answer some of the things you all posted, I have thought about going into the Pharmaceutical field. Also, I am a really big people-person.... I love working/helping people; hence the reason for always wanting to be a nurse.
    My best friend's mom has a chem degree and she is a nurse. She's an RN but I think she does the teaching part. She loves being a nurse, and she says that because she has chem and nursing, she's doing exactly what she wants.
    Anyways, thanks again, and if you think of anything else that would help me, please feel free to say it. Have a great day!
    ~Kacy
  12. by   sphinx
    Tough choice........you've gotta go with what is in your heart, but how to find out what that is? Hmmmmmm. I don't know. Me? Now, I'd hate to shoo away any potential nurse in a time of shortage, but if you think you'd like forensics, heck, I say go for it! I've thought a lot lately how that would be such a cool field to be in, I think I'd really like it, but alas, I don't have the education (and lack motivation to return to school at this point in my life). Good luck in your choice.
  13. by   JNJ
    Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first woman prime minister had a chemistry degree . . .
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    NO sage advice here...just a welcome to the boards and wishing you luck in your decision-making!

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