Hi everyone, thank you for reading my post.
First, a bit of background about me. I am currently 30 years old, male, with a strong interest in healthcare. I have a PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, specializing in atherosclerosis. I have also completed 2 years of post-doctoral training in diabetes, obesity, and developmental origins of health and disease. Ever since my third year of undergrad (9 years ago now, wow), I have been in and around hospitals on a daily basis, as all of my studies were done there.
While I do cherish the intellectual challenges and the exciting discoveries that a career in academic research offers, I find myself longing for the clinic. I want real contact with patients, to be able to make a difference on a daily basis, and all the while feel challenged in my work. I entered research with the intention of improving health care, but there is a significant gap between these two worlds. If I do not understand what patient care entails, how can I improve it through research?
This year I have applied to the nursing program at the U of Calgary. If accepted, I would work hard to become a RN, with the possibilities of working towards a NP in the future. Before going forward, I have a few questions about nursing.
1. For nurses, do you enjoy your work? Do you find that your skills are being fully utilized? Do you have the time and opportunity to collaborate with scientists on research projects?
2. What is the job market projection in Canada for RNs or NPs in the next 2-4 years?
3. Is it relatively easy to move from province to province for work? For example, would BC preferentially select applicants who obtained their degree in BC? Or would I be able to get a job there?
Thank you very much for your time!