>>Registered Nurse or Dental Hygienist?<<

  1. HI! I will be graduating soon and am curious about what career YOU think might be better for someone like me.

    Dental Hygienist:
    Pros:
    flexible scheduling
    less stress
    good-excellent pay
    overall nice atmosphere
    relatively clean
    not having to worry about killing someone (no offense meant)
    less female-like politics (I'm female BTW)
    less "upper politics"
    I'll be somewhat respected
    Many areas I could work
    not having to worry too much about being sued over something dumb

    Cons:
    repetitive motions causing debilitating permanent problems
    mostly no benefits compared to Nursing which has lots of benefits
    limited with the field

    Important Differences:
    not nearly as many advancement oppurtunites compared to Nursing
    not as easy to find a job compared to Nursing
    nowhere near as 'limitless' compared to Nursing
    I don't know if I could spiritually 'touch' that many people compared to Nursing (this is important to me)


    I know it looks like I already have my mind made up but I don't. Please give me your insight. Perhaps some of you even know a dental hygienist? I don't know which career would be better in the long run.

    Free virtual beer and balloons to all people who reply!

    PS. Any other BSN health careers that you suggest?
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    less stress
    less female-like politics
    I'll be somewhat respected
    not having to worry about killing someone
    less "upper politics"
    not having to worry too much about being sued over something dumb


    There's a few things on your pros list for dental hygiene that a few of my dental hygiene friends have listed as their own cons for their line of work.
  4. by   ILuvMyKittyKat&Gerbs
    ""There's a few things on your pros list for dental hygiene that a few of my dental hygiene friends have listed as their own cons for their line of work.""

    Really? I'll be the first to admit that I'm very naive in the 'real-world.' But, might I ask, which items and why?
  5. by   ILuvMyKittyKat&Gerbs
    Also, are they happy in their career choice?
  6. by   rjbaileyrn
    No offense, but I don't even see any comparison between the two. I couldn't imagine a worse job than the dental thing, although , of course, it's a necessary one. The opportunities in Nursing are endless, ER, Flight Nursing, Trauma, ICU's, Travel Nursing, Not to mention the money issue. Most travel RN's with a decent company are making on up to $100K per year.
    RJ
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from ILuvMyKittyKat&Gerbs
    ""There's a few things on your pros list for dental hygiene that a few of my dental hygiene friends have listed as their own cons for their line of work.""

    Really? I'll be the first to admit that I'm very naive in the 'real-world.' But, might I ask, which items and why?

    I quoted them in my post.
  8. by   ILuvMyKittyKat&Gerbs
    Quote from rjbaileyrn
    No offense, but I don't even see any comparison between the two. I couldn't imagine a worse job than the dental thing, although , of course, it's a necessary one. The opportunities in Nursing are endless, ER, Flight Nursing, Trauma, ICU's, Travel Nursing, Not to mention the money issue. Most travel RN's with a decent company are making on up to $100K per year.
    RJ
    No offense taken. Like I said I'm naive, so what do naive people do, ask you guys!! It is I who hopes not to offend any of you.

    I keep reading that most RNs don't make much money (~40k), and that education isn't rewarded either, and that the pay peaks. I'm just trying to understand it all.
  9. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from ILuvMyKittyKat&Gerbs
    Also, are they happy in their career choice?
    They're in nursing school.
  10. by   ILuvMyKittyKat&Gerbs
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I quoted them in my post.
    My bad. Sorry.
  11. by   ILuvMyKittyKat&Gerbs
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    They're in nursing school.
    I don't know if I want to laugh or worry, but, that is definately interesting. Would you perhaps share with me their reasons transitioning?
  12. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    They wanted more opportunities for advancement.

    A job that could go anywhere.
  13. by   mitchsmom
    My stepsister and a couple of other people I know have pursued dental hygiene, basically for the reasons you listed: good money, no nights/holidays/weekends, etc.

    I thought about it because the advantages are pretty good, but it just boiled down to the fact that it wasn't what I wanted to do each day. I'm kinda funny about teeth - even though I do gross stuff in nursing, cleaning teeth just sounds nasty to me. LOL
  14. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    And some people will shower everyday, yet brush their teeth occaisionally, which is the reason i skipped in the idea of dental hygience school.

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