I am a 2nd year nursing student and have a friend from high school in respiratory tech program This is my knowdledge of the area ( I worked sumemr in the hospital and have several other family members in the healthcare field. In Canada which im not sure how it compares to japan , anyways. Nursing is either 4 years to be a Registered Nurse (RN), or it can be done in 3 years but you are restricited to working in a hospital, or as LPN's which is a 2 year program through various colleges. Respiratory therapy in my province, ALberta is done at college in a 3 year program...they make similar wages.
Workwise...i only know of them working in hospitals but that incldues having an outpateitn clinic in the hospital (sorta looks like a docotrs office). They primarily work in ICU, ER,OR and with anyone having resp. problems. The also anlayse cord blood from newborns (they do all the blood gases tests, even on adults). I feel they tend to only wpork with much more serious and sicker people(eg Er traumua pateitns bagging, or intubated patients in the ICU), and nayone with serious respiratory disease (can anyone say SARS or TUBERCOLOSIS or MRSA?) Although nruses also ahve to deal with these patietns. whereas in nursing you can deal with a more diverse field of diseases and injuries..eg. Er kids with broken arms, dailysis patietns, etc etc
BASICLY there are huge numbers of fields a nurse can work in (occupational health n saftey, community, hospital, travel nursing, working on a cruise ship, school nursing, working for health groups (eg. in my citry (healthcare in canada is poublice) the head of the region (the city and surrounding area) "capital health" is a nurse. there are also many more jobs in teaching nursing sicne nursing employs and thus trains so mnay more positions than resp therapy.
BAsicly i think both fields are enjoyable just that nursing liekly takes a little longer education wise, but there is so many more fields to work in, opitons. Howevor respiratory thereapist also get a great mix of patietns (also a side note er nruses tend to be er nurse, and icu nurses stay in that department each shift, but the resp therapists seem to get to go to a few un its each shift). Both occupatiosn primarily work in hospitals, in shiftwork, and share some responsibilites, eg. monitoru=ing intubated patients, just resp therapist highly focuis on the pulmonary aspect of patients. I also seriosuly considered going into resp therapy,since both jobs woyuld get adrenaline junkie me wporking in the ER or ICU, but i pikced nursing as i had more ability to switch where i was working once i got tired of the fast pace/older (not sure the first one will happen though). either way both are neat jobs.
I SUGGEST JOB SHADOWING EACH POSITION!
(PS sorry bout the spelling