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I have ptsd, anxiety, anger issues, and depression. But I would like to be in the nursing field what is the best career for me?

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Warda’s Answer

I am not a therapist or a counselor but I would suggest that you speak to a counselor or a therapist before making such a big career move. Nursing school is the hardest thing I have ever done and it requires hours of studying and dedication. becoming a nurse also requires a clear conscious of mind as there is no room for a mistake. one mistake can kill your patient which can make you go to jail and have your nursing license taken away.
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Sylvia’s Answer

I would recommend anyone with mental health issues seek therapy and, if need be, medication for them. You can do this while you go to school (and many colleges and universities offer mental health services as part of their services to students) so you don't lose out on working toward your goal. I would also recommend you speak to a career counselor to see if nursing would be a good fit for you. It is very stressful and you have to work long hours. I know I spent many shifts going to the bathroom just to have a good stress cry. That was part of my coping mechanism though others use exercise, playing music, and the like to help relieve stress. The stress can precipitate a worsening of anger, PTSD, and/or depression therefore therapy can help you learn effective coping skills.

Should nursing still be top of your list for a career then you can explore the different types of nursing out there. As a Registered Nurse you have many options such as working in a hospital, school, clinic, or public health, Even in these fields, you can further focus on whether you want to work with infants, children, adults, and the elderly. Some nursing fields are more stressful than others and you get to learn about some of them while in nursing school. I have to say that what is stressful to one person, might not be stressful to another. My older sister is a Registered Nurse and worked Hospice for many years. I explored it as a possible career path but I found death and dying too stressful for me. My sister, on the other hand, found satisfaction in her job so that it didn't seem too stressful to her.

i wish there was a clear cut answer to your question but there are too many variable to give you a clear cut answer. Much luck in life and in your endeavors.

Sylvia
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Faiza’s Answer

You can persue a nursing career, just make sure you take care of yourself first. Address the issues, seek out help and figure out how to cope.
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Jabari’s Answer

Given this, it's probably best that you 1) look to taking care of your own mental wellness, first and then 2) consider a career opportunities more compatible to you. Nursing does not appear to be one of those.
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Faiza’s Answer

You can persue a nursing career, just make sure you take care of yourself first. Address the issues, seek out help and figure out how to cope.
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Kim’s Answer

Annalise,

I am not a counselor or therapist, so, first and foremost, I recommend you discuss this with someone who knows you and will help you to determine what environment will work best for you. Whatever path you take, you will need to be able to manage your healthcare issues. There may be some reasonable accommodations that can be made for you if you declare yourself to be "a person with a disability," but that is best discussed with a vocational counselor. Are you a Vet by any chance? There are lots of programs for Vets. . .

Speaking strictly as an amateur in this matter. . . I think you would do best in a situation where there is a bit of a routine to your daily activity, little or no last minute overtime requirements, and, a bit of autonomy (limited direct supervision). The thing that comes to mind is the radiology field. I don't think you would be a nurse - I think they are radiology technicians. They take Xrays, do CAT scans, MRIs, and other diagnostic imaging. I'm sure there are other possibilities, but that is one that I have noticed on my many trips to doctors and hospitals.

What do you think?
Kim
Thank you comment icon Thank you. Annalise
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