Nursing vs. Pharmacy

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    Hi. I am currently a senior and will be graduating this Fall with a Bachelor's in Biology and a minor in chemistry. For the last several years I have been on a path toward Pharmacy school, and have gained experience as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). In the past couple years, I have felt like Pharmacy is a great career field, but I'm not sure if it's what I want to do anymore. I have been contemplating going into nursing and becoming a nurse practitioner, since it is allows for more one on one patient care, diagnosing and more direct health care experience. If I do go into nursing, I will need to get into an Accelerated BSN programs, which are designed for students with non-nursing backgrounds. This way I will be able to get my BSN in about a year and then apply to a MSN program to become a NP.

    I thought about becoming a physicians assistant instead of a NP, but it seems to me, that a NP is a better career choice than a PA. NP are able to specialize and they seem to have more autonomy than PA's do.

    Other than job security and salary, the most important thing to me is enjoying what I do. I guess, I want to be certain that I will enjoy and the career field that I choose. At this point, I am leaning more toward the NP route rather than pharmacy.

    I would appreciate any advice.
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    Good luck to you. Welcome to Allnurses!
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    If you work in retail as a pharmacy tech, then you have only seen half of the side of the pharmacy equation.

    I would try to talk to someone who works in a hospital pharmacy to shadow them for a day. If you want patient contact and actually making a difference nursing is the way to go. There is also Clinical Pharmacy which is becoming more and more important in Hospitals. Consulting Pharmacy also.
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    After about 4 years of being a pharmacy technician I've looked into many areas of pharmacy, including clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical research, which I think I would like. However, I really think that I would enjoy practicing and one on one patient care better, I think I will have a greater degree of satisfaction this way. Do you have any suggestions between the career of a Nurse Practitioner and a Physican's Assistant? Is one better than the other?


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