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What are some other healthcare careers that get over looked?

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I would like to be an occupational therapist but I want to be sure that is what I want to do #ot #occupational-therapy

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Amy’s Answer

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I agree with others, in that you need to think about what your focus may want to be. I started out as an Orthopedic nurse in the hospital, and then became a registered nurse in First Aid Station at major Theme Park. I now am still working for that Theme Park, but on the Occupational Health Side. I became certified in occupational health this past fall. Depending on the size of the Company you work for, you may either be doing safety/risk management/wellness yourself, or you may be partnering with these departments. As an occupational nurse, I do the intake of any injuries or illnesses that occur in the workplace, perform OSHA required audiograms, assist physicians with care and follow up care of injuries or illnesses, as well as assist with DOT exams, as required for DOT license. Currently due to Covid pandemic I am working with our Covid Tracing Team. Occupational Health is a very rewarding career, and one that is many times not thought of immediately. Good luck!
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Amy’s Answer

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I agree with others, in that you need to think about what your focus may want to be. I started out as an Orthopedic nurse in the hospital, and then became a registered nurse in First Aid Station at major Theme Park. I now am still working for that Theme Park, but on the Occupational Health Side. I became certified in occupational health this past fall. Depending on the size of the Company you work for, you may either be doing safety/risk management/wellness yourself, or you may be partnering with these departments. As an occupational nurse, I do the intake of any injuries or illnesses that occur in the workplace, perform OSHA required audiograms, assist physicians with care and follow up care of injuries or illnesses, as well as assist with DOT exams, as required for DOT license. Currently due to Covid pandemic I am working with our Covid Tracing Team. Occupational Health is a very rewarding career, and one that is many times not thought of immediately. Good luck!
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Corinne’s Answer

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I think it is important to ask yourself what do you want your job/career to look like ? and that has many questions, especially in health care . Do you want to work directly with people, or behind the scenes, what are your interests/ hobbies, how are your grades re physics/chemistry etc as that opens /closes doors in health care .

Other options dentistry , orthodontia for similar years in school.

Physician.

Nurse Practioner .

Audiologist / SLP.

Public Health .

Health care administration, or health care law .

But if your goal is to help people to live full productive lives, from infancy to old age , OT is the best one to accomplish that as it combines science , psychology and functional living . I am an OT for 32 years and still love it every day .

If you choose OT you must commit to the OTD to compete with your peers, and it will open doors to academia , research etc .

I hope that kind of helps.


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