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Should I be a psychiatrist nurse or an interior designer?

My anatomy and physiology class is not doing great. I've been failing the exams which I study each day to pass the exam. However, I think i'm going to give up to be a nurse and maybe change careers. What do you think I should do?
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Sherlande’s Answer

Hi Leslie,

Giving up your dream is never an option. First, let me start by congratulating you for not quitting yet. Just a little story before I answer your questions. I had a friend in college who couldn't pass the entrance nursing exam, but took her MCAT, and she got admitted to medical school which reminded me that everyone of us have they own path in this world. Sometimes we just have take a leap of faith and continue to try even when things get hard. Hopefully, you are not thinking every nurses get A+ on anatomy and physiology.

First, what about changing the way you study for your exam. Second, maybe find someone to tutor you on the subjects. Third, you don't have to be afraid to ask your teachers and classmates for help. You can go online and find websites that help students. For example, YouTube has many people explaining subjects like anatomy and physiology made easy. I myself for instance used Osmosis to help me with Pathophysiology in graduate school. There's help, you have to find it. Please don't give up. By changing your strategies can help you prepare better for your exam. If Is not to late to consider dropping the course.

Moreover,I love being a nurse for many reasons, I love the flexibility, rewarding career, career options is vast, and most importantly I am impacting my patients' lives every single day.

If you want to be a Psy Nurse, you should do it. Don't give up your dreams. Give a 120 % and you will see hard work pays off.

God Blessed!

I feel like a winner when you congratulated me lol. And yes I always thought nurses had A+ all the way in their classes lol. Maybe I need to change my study habits. youtube is something I haven't tried before. I won't give up I promise you :) Thank you Sherlande :) Account D.
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Amanda’s Answer

I loved reading all of the advice above about nursing, and I echo sentiments about pursuing what you're passionate about despite challenges and set-backs inevitable in any career path.

Given my experience recruiting across industries and fields, I just wanted to comment on the job market in general, and address interior design as option B. Nursing has always been needed, and will always be needed. This happens to be a particularly challenging time for our global economy where many industries are really struggling, but the need for nurses is exploding, on top of what was an already growing need. This demand will give you options to work where, when, and how you like. Don't get me wrong, it's still a really challenging field, but there will be lots of different job opportunities to explore and find what's best for you.

By comparison, there are way fewer jobs in interior design, even in good economic times, and they tend to be concentrated in key markets/cities serving affluent individuals or corporate clients like hotels and restaurants. Interest and opportunities in interior design have broadened thanks to things like HGTV shows and Instagram, for example, but that hasn't necessarily translated into high-paying, stable career opportunities. Think of all the interior design online platforms like Havenly, Modsey, and Space Joy. These sites employ designers, but consumers can also do much of the work themselves. Also, some people I know trying to get established in interior design work for home decor retailers like West Elm, CB2, etc. Would you be happy working in one of those stores? And it goes without saying that all of those clients and companies mentioned have been disastrously affected by the pandemic and resulting economic instability (affluent individuals, hotels, restaurants, websites helping homeowners, retail stores, etc. ) Don't get me wrong, if you LOVE interior design and are truly committed to it as a passion, you should still pursue it, but it's not an easy plan B fall-back option, even in good times.
I appreciate your honesty and I have a passion to become a nurse. I like how you showed the reality of the interior design. And yes, unfortunately, interior design is super affected by this pandemic situation. Thank you for your advice and showing me the path as well. I appreciate it. Account D.
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Kim’s Answer


Perhaps you are not studying correctly? I remember a girl who performed at a concert eons ago, who, for her biology project, created a song called "reba, my amoeba." It had all the cell parts in the song, correctly identifying what each one did. Memorizing parts is boring. Songs, illustrations, cartoon strips, making up stories, creating sculpture, etc. can all help with the learning process. Lectures are not an effective way to impart information, as the vast majority of people are not auditory learners!

I was having a hard time with a law class, until I started googling the cases and watching videos.

So, if you want this, find a way to learn it that works for YOU!

Maybe you're right. I'm probably doing the passive reading and not doing an active reading. I will definitely look into the youtube videos for help. Thank you Kim. Account D.
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Estelle’s Answer

If you are not able to pass your A&P classes and you are not enjoying yourself, then maybe medicine is not the best career for you.

I think a career as an interior designer can be challenging but still very rewarding.

Maybe shadow both professions are getting an idea of which one you prefer.
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Steven’s Answer

Let me start with saying, I'm no Nurse. However, I have two RNs and one Pre Med in my family.

Firstly, I can assure you, you'll hit roadblocks in every career choice you choose. This is why we go to school for these topics. If the information was easy to grasp, anyone could do it.

So, we'll lead off with that little bit to sink in while we approach your overall concern.

Should you ultimately change career paths, because you're struggling in your current courses?

As someone who's currently in his Master's program, while majoring in a completely unrelated topic, and studying astrophysics on the side... All the while working Healthcare IT, I can for certain say, I'm an expert at career changes.

However, what I've learned over my short period on this planet is to find what you're passionate about. That's all that truly matters.

My sister's didn't struggle through RN and ultimately Pre Med, because it was simply a career. They went through the process of grueling hours, studying day in and out.. non stop testing, then eventually clinicals.. because they love people. They wanted to be the guiding hand to healing, or the gentle person by their side at the end.

If that triggers images of you, doing the same.. feeling some sort of invigoration towards becoming a Nurse ( any variant), then I'd say, stick it out a bit longer. Ask more questions of your teachers/professors/doctors. Pick their brains dry. Put in, 100% effort. If you're still failing, after exhausting all options, then maybe that's when you should consider swapping careers. But even then.. keep up on topics and medical breakthroughs. You'll never know when you'll return to the industry.

A quick little life story for you.

I studies astronomy in highschool and early college. I was crushed, heavily by the intense calculus and mathematics needed. I got downtrodden. I gave up, went into the IT field after a stint in the Army. I was 19 then. 33 years now, I'm returning to the field. My love never went away, I just gave up too early. I regret it. I'm now a decade behind any peers, and still in college, because I didn't put my foot down, and push through.

Hope some/all of this helps.

Remember, don't give up because it's hard. Give up because it's not what you're passionate about. Use it as a life lesson, and move on.
Wow. I will definitely not give up on my dream of becoming a nurse. Thank you for your advice and inspiration. Account D.
Keep on pushing forward. You'll keep hitting walls, but the difference between someone who thrives and one who doesn't is the person who keeps overcoming those obstacles. You got this Steven Meadows
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Cinthya’s Answer

Honestly a lot of people have a hard time in A&P. As well as Stats. Do not fret.

Good advice from Steven.

Change careers if your hearts not in it.
If you feel passionate about Psychiatric Nursing, then go for it.

Even if you need to retake the class.
Take good notes, record the lectures, study group, talk to the instructor. Seek a tutor.

I know it looks impossible now, but you can do it.

Sleep on it and see where your true passion lies.
Thank you Cynthia :) I will keep going and won't give up on my dream. Account D.
Keep us updated. Cinthya Ceretti, RN, MSN