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Posted over 5 years ago
I've just moved to the states from London England and was DEVASTATED to find that it could take almost a year before I got accepted into nursing school. In England I would have been accepted in a blink of an eye and had my education paid for. However I'm living in the states with my family and don't have any intentions of moving back now.
I'm almost finishing up my pre-req's and am going to apply to lots of nursing programs in and out of state wide (that way I figure I'm going to increase my chances).
The only problem is I'm starting to have doubts that I may not get in this year, and I don't want to be left behind for another year. So I'm now considering also applying to Occupational Therapy programs across the country. I have almost over 300+ hrs experience as an OT assistant back in England and really enjoyed my experience.
I like both Nursing and Occupational Therapy. I have tried weighing up the pro's and con's of both. Nursing can have a high burn out rate but there are plenty of opportunities for advancement. Occupational Therapy is more flexible with the working hours but both careers are really really rewarding. At the end of the day all I want is a career related to health care where I can make a difference to someone's life and excel in my career.
This is where I need YOUR ADVICE: To all current nurses, if you could do it all again, would you still be a nurse or choose a different career path? Why?