Other Careers in Medical Field?

  1. Have any of you considered working in another area of the medical field - whether you worked there prior to nursing, plan to work there after nursing, considered it as an alternative to nursing, etc.?

    I'm still making my final decision to pursue a nursing program. I'm 100% sure I want to be in healthcare. I'm about 97% sure the path will be nursing. But I still have my doubts . . .

    Thoughts? Comments?
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  3. by   Fiona59
    Thought about dental hygenist. Couldn't stand the thought of looking in a mouth of decaying teeth.....
  4. by   nursemaa
    I'd like to work in radiology or some other diagnostic testing area.
  5. by   NeoNurseTX
    Quote from Fiona59
    Thought about dental hygenist. Couldn't stand the thought of looking in a mouth of decaying teeth.....
    This is what I originally wanted to do, but just focusing on the mouth is boring.. and not very fulfilling.
  6. by   Student_Nurse_WV
    I really wanted to go into respiratory therapy, but there were no programs close to my hometown.
  7. by   following_faith
    I had considered respiratory therapy also...wanted to become registered and then a pediatric-neonatal specialist

    I also considered physician assistant...

    but nursing just feels like it "fits" me
    Last edit by following_faith on Feb 24, '05 : Reason: an oopsie
  8. by   50 Cent
    i think it depends on your interests. if you are more investigative you might want to consider becoming a medical scientist (microbiologist, epidemiologist) or pharmacist. if you are more of a socialist type, you might want to consider becoming a therapist. i think nursing can be a good combination of the two. seek some career counseling if you are not sure before becoming committed to a program. might help guide your decision.
    Last edit by 50 Cent on Feb 24, '05
  9. by   11:11
    Perhaps a hospital around you will let you shadow a nurse, and some other disciplines as well. Some do this.

    Maybe theyll let you sit at a nursing station at an ICU or ED which can be very interesting-

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