I might go for Nutritional science first..

  1. 0 I'm having a hard time finding a nursing program here, so I might just go for Nutritional science first then do nursing. I was told taking Nutritional science will help me toward nursing since I will be taking almost all science courses. You think I should do this?

    I posted here 'cause I don't know where to post this. I actually want to become a holistic nurse practitioner in the future, so I am not sure if taking Nutritional science will help me with that. I just don't want to waste money and time, that's wy I ask. ^^;; I'm into Nutrition , it is actually my first choice.
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  3. Visit  EduardoLugo} profile page

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  4. Visit  hfitch} profile page
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    O Lord I was wondering when someone would go and consider Nutrition...I have a a Bachelors from Drexel U. in Nutrition 1997--I was told it was the NEW opening field. Wellllll....I'm still waiting. A hospital may hire two RD's who make much less than an RN. They house us down in the cafeteria and we are glorified lunch ladies. I went back to school. Now am a Family NP. Nutrition was a much harder major. Micro and Macro Biology with Organic chem is required in most schools. Then you have to do an Internship of 6 months that u have to pay $ for. (Usually between 2000 and $5000, and thats if you're accepted and you need really good grades). The whole thing was not worth it and I only just this year paid off all my loans.
    CurlyKirby, noyesno, HouTx, and 1 other like this.
  5. Visit  Gradius} profile page
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    Nutrition is often a prereq for Nursing programs. You don't need to major in it first, chances are you will be wasting time and money.
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  6. Visit  EduardoLugo} profile page
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    I think Nutritional science differ from RD. I'm very into Nutrition. It is just too hard to get into the nursing program here.. I guess I will wait a year or two to see if I get accepted, if not , I will go for Nutritional Science. It is actually a good major, it depends how interested someone is about Nutrition. I am a vegan who mostly eat raw food, so I am so interested in Nutrition. I would hate to offer medication as a RN to patients. I wanted to become a Holistic NP and have my own office and help people prevent diseases,etc by food. So taking Nutritional science will help me a lot to study the relationship between diet and chronic disease. We'll see what happens!!
  7. Visit  HouTx} profile page
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    I really appreciate hfitch's comments. In my doctoral classes, I encountered a significant number of RDs who were desperately seeking another career - and more than a few were faculty in nutritional programs. They shared the reality of an RD career - and I found it astonishing that people who had successfully achieved a credential with such high educational standards (including internship requirements) would end up in such c****y jobs. And the salaries were pitiful compared to professions with similar educational requirements.

    All I can say to the OP is "buyer beware" for an RD. And -in today's environment, 'holistic' = working multiple other jobs in order to support oneself. Insurers do not pay for alternative therapy and consumers do not want to pay for it either. Nursing practice, by its very nature, is much more holistic than other health careers since we openly acknowledge the mind-body-spirit connection. Hmm - maybe that is why we aren't paid more, do ya think?
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  8. Visit  seahawksfanguy} profile page
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    Im got into an adn program this fall. I also have my bachelors in nutrition and dietetics. I had all my prereqs done for the application process. Nutrition knowledge is always good. Im sure it will help me in nursing. People often underestimate how much RDs have to know. Its not just food its food science, institutional management, biology, anatomy, lots of chemistry, microbiology, and physiology. We learned a lot of assessment, therapy, monitoring, counseling, and planning too. Nutrition is good for your personal life and whatever you choose to do. Its my passion I love talking about food. However I want to be a nurse and help people. I think it will help me in Nursing school a lot.
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    Its true though. I will make much more money as a adn nurse than a bs nutrition rd (no pun intended). Nursing offers more room to grow. Usually a hospital will only have one or two rds per floor. Some may even have a few for the whole hospital. Unless you work for a huge company like google or walmart, you wont get paid much. Of the 40 that graduated in my class i would say only a quarter are registered dieticians now, the rest work odds and ends, low paying positions for wic, at the gym, went back to school, or have a career thats not in the wellness field. i decided to do nursing because my best friend convinced me i should. I thought about it more and i think its my calling. I thrive on helping others and having personal interaction with people. Knowing i helped someone of saved a life is something that will keep me going and make me feel good. I know it will be rough and tough but at the end of the day i think ill be able to sleep at night knowing i made a difference.
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    Quote from seahawksfanguy
    Im got into an adn program this fall. I also have my bachelors in nutrition and dietetics. I had all my prereqs done for the application process. Nutrition knowledge is always good. Im sure it will help me in nursing. People often underestimate how much RDs have to know. Its not just food its food science, institutional management, biology, anatomy, lots of chemistry, microbiology, and physiology. We learned a lot of assessment, therapy, monitoring, counseling, and planning too. Nutrition is good for your personal life and whatever you choose to do. Its my passion I love talking about food. However I want to be a nurse and help people. I think it will help me in Nursing school a lot.
    Yeah, I'm a vegan who is very into Nutrition. I would love to know more about food. I saw taking Nutritional science will help me with nursing because I will be taking all science courses. I always wanted to become a Holistic Nurse practitioner or something. I want to help people naturally without the use of drugs.
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    Quote from seahawksfanguy
    Its true though. I will make much more money as a adn nurse than a bs nutrition rd (no pun intended). Nursing offers more room to grow. Usually a hospital will only have one or two rds per floor. Some may even have a few for the whole hospital. Unless you work for a huge company like google or walmart, you wont get paid much. Of the 40 that graduated in my class i would say only a quarter are registered dieticians now, the rest work odds and ends, low paying positions for wic, at the gym, went back to school, or have a career thats not in the wellness field. i decided to do nursing because my best friend convinced me i should. I thought about it more and i think its my calling. I thrive on helping others and having personal interaction with people. Knowing i helped someone of saved a life is something that will keep me going and make me feel good. I know it will be rough and tough but at the end of the day i think ill be able to sleep at night knowing i made a difference.
    I am sure you would enjoy working as a RD more than adn nurse. Helping people with diet is very good and can save a lot of lives! Heart attack disease is the number killer in US and that is caused by eating a lot of animal products. So yeah, that's why I aspire to become a Nutritionist!
  12. Visit  nyrn310} profile page
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    you're pretty much ignoring other people's comments and acting very stubborn. You asked if you should major in nutrition and almost everyone said no, it's a waste of money, you wont find a job. And I have to agree with them and say it is a waste of money and you should just keep going for nursing. But clearly, you are acting stubborn and none of our comments will change your mind, so just be a nutritionist lol and one day, your dream of becoming a holistic NP will come true lol

    sorry if i sound like an asssshole, but im just giving you my honest opinion, especially after seeing that you're just ignoring other people's comments and you're pretty much wanting a confirmation to make yourself feel good about your decision of becoming a nutritionist.
  13. Visit  elkpark} profile page
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    Quote from EduardoLugo
    Yeah, I'm a vegan who is very into Nutrition. I would love to know more about food. I saw taking Nutritional science will help me with nursing because I will be taking all science courses. I always wanted to become a Holistic Nurse practitioner or something. I want to help people naturally without the use of drugs.
    If nutrition is your "first choice" and you don't want to be giving people medication, why are you even pursuing nursing in the first place? Nursing school and, even more so, nurse practitioner programs will be based on Western, allopathic, "mainstream" nursing/medicine, which is primarily concerned with treating illnesses with medications. If you know that you are opposed to that approach, why pursue it? There are lots of holistic, alternative healthcare programs "out there" (granted, as HouTX pointed out, it's hard to make a living that way).

    I don't really see the point of spending a lot of time, effort, and $$$ to study something to which you know you're philosophically opposed.
  14. Visit  seahawksfanguy} profile page
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    Quote from elkpark

    If nutrition is your "first choice" and you don't want to be giving people medication, why are you even pursuing nursing in the first place? Nursing school and, even more so, nurse practitioner programs will be based on Western, allopathic, "mainstream" nursing/medicine, which is primarily concerned with treating illnesses with medications. If you know that you are opposed to that approach, why pursue it? There are lots of holistic, alternative healthcare programs "out there" (granted, as HouTX pointed out, it's hard to make a living that way).

    I don't really see the point of spending a lot of time, effort, and $$$ to study something to which you know you're philosophically opposed.
    Ditto. I love nutrition but I want to do nursing. Its more rewarding and its job security. Pays well too. I got my bs in nutrition because i didnt know what i wanted to do. Now i do. OP you should consider what is really important to you before dishing out the money and time. I would like to be a diabetes np so nutrition is a great foundation for that.
  15. Visit  FuturePsychNP} profile page
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    Why waste time with nursing school if you want to be a nutritionist, dietician, cafeteria manager, or whoever? Conversely, if you want to be a nurse don't waste time and money (it generally comes in limited supplies) on nutrition classes. If you're just wanting something to do to kill time before nursing school get a job. If you already have one then get a second one. If you just want to "learn" then take personally fulfilling classes which for me would be things like zoology, botany, ecology, geology, etc.
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