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Are there any careers that are similar to Nursing?

I'm interested in becoming a Registered Nurse because it guarantees interaction with people but I'd like to know about other possible career paths. #career #nursing #medicine #nurse #careers

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Jared’s Answer

Are you looking for jobs in healthcare that guarantee interaction with people or just jobs in general? I will answer the healthcare question because I have experience in that. It is true that nursing has that going for it but in just about every healthcare job you have interaction with people. There are people that say you have more interaction with people as a nurse than you do as a doctor but I think that is an incorrect assumption. You have more INTIMATE interaction sometimes, but it isn't like doctors are strictly in a closet, giving orders to nurses so they don't have to come into contact with patients (although, there are some who seem like that). Other possibilities are Radiology Technicians (Perform X-Rays, CT scans, can place IV's at some places, etc.), Medical Technologists (Perform Echocardiograms, Ultrasounds, VQ scans, MRI's, etc.), Physician Assistants (aka PA's) that perform basically the same duties that doctors do, Nurse Practitioners which basically do the same thing PA's do, and many many more. Those are the most common ones that I see in my job. If you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask!

Thank you comment icon Thank you for listing a ton of examples! It's true that many other careers in the healthcare department let you interact with people but I didn't realize that so many others promise it as well. Just wondering, what do Radiology Technicians normally do based on job description? Vivian
Thank you comment icon They play a VERY important role, ESPECIALLY in emergency medicine (i bring up this example because that is what i do). They prepare people to obtain x-rays (chest, extremities, abdomen, etc.) and they place patients in a way that the physician can BEST view the anatomy being viewed, evaluated, and assessed. Jared Buescher
Thank you comment icon They also perform CT scans where they can place IV's and administer IV dye to visualize inflamed organs or check to see blood flow through a particular area of a body, they set parameters and calibrate the CT scanners in order to make sure the patient's head/neck/back/hip/and on and on are visualized correctly so the doctor can best evaluate the image and diagnose the patient accurately. They talk to patients, comfort patients on hard x-ray tables or CT Scan tables, and inform them of what to expect. They can also work in radiology clinics where people schedule their scans outpatient or they can work in a hospital. Jared Buescher
Thank you comment icon Wow, I didn't know they had such an important job before, strange that the job isn't often thought of as a career path. Perhaps it's due to those tasks being taken for granted? Would you say being a Radiology Technician is stressful compared to being a nurse? Vivian
Thank you comment icon I would say not, but I am biased. They encounter frustration when there is a confused patient that won't sit still for an x-ray or CT (It is realllly frustrating), they operate on a time crunch because many of their tests are needed to be done as soon as possible, and so on Jared Buescher
Thank you comment icon thank u soo much farheen
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Estelle’s Answer

Jared's answer is fantastic! I agree completely. Physician assistants function like nurses in many settings. Radiology technicians are another great example along with respiratory therapists. Physical therapy might be another avenue of health care similar to nursing.
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