Nursing vs. Medical Laboratory Scientist
I have a BS in Biology and I’m looking to further my education. I’m currently in nursing school but I also have an interest in a career in laboratory science. What’s some advice for careers in nursing/medical laboratory science, and how do I know which career is for me? #career-counseling #career-paths #career-advice
You have asked an awesome question about Nursing vs. Medical Laboratory Scientist as well as the question about Nurse scientists.
Some background on me: I am a chemist and currently work in research and development of pharmaceutical drugs (specifically injectable dosage forms). My wife is a nurse scientist – which is an up-and-coming field that many don’t know about. It’s great that you have taken an interest!
Questions that you should consider:
• What kind of schedule would you prefer? Are you the type of person that would prefer working a traditional 9-5 work week or would you prefer three 12-hour shifts? Day shift or Night shift? The work schedule of some nursing jobs can be a hard adjustment, but many people actually prefer it.
• What kind of impact would you like to make? Do you want to help individual people or make an impact on a larger scale? Both are very important. Knowing your motivation behind your career choice can really help when deciding.
• Would you be interested in pharmaceutical research and development? With a degree in biology it might be beneficial to pursue a master’s degree in microbiology or chemistry. This could also lead to potential careers in other fields, if interested.
There are lots of fields like nursing and laboratory sciences, so I encourage you to explore opportunities related to them (clinical, pharmaceutical, medical devices, etc.)
If you don’t listen to any other advice, listen to this! I highly recommend shadowing people that work in different positions/fields. I did this and it was super helpful when picking my career path. You can learn so much just by watching and talking with someone at their work. Maybe start with a nurse scientist at a local university or hospital?
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you a have any questions.
Examples of prerequisite careers for nursing/laboratory sciences would include chemical engineer, forensic scientist, medical technologist, research and product development, etc.
That is all my advice to you. May I wish you well in your endeavors.
It seems rather obvious since you have mostly indicated you favor lab sciences.
You're in nursing,
Do you get board easily? Or are you a people person?
1. How long do you have in completing school program?
2.Does nursing feel fulfilling or just a job.
3.Have you thought about nuclear field laboratoy
4.Cancer pathic/ idio pathic laboratory
5. Autoimmune biologic laboratory
Just some of the questions I would ask myself. Another way to find your way get a sheet of paper draw a line separate likes dislikes advantages disadvantages.
Then job search the different fiields of choice on the government listings in your community or where you think you might be living. If you have plans getting married etc... But the key is the projected job outlook of expansion. Like labs do job search as well as hospital nurses the trends and maintaining those who are about to retire. I hope this helps.
With the love of Jesus I bid you a good life.
These are both very good career paths. One thing to think about is how would you like to help people. Nursing would require being with patients and attending to their needs while medical laboratory science will have limited patient contact You will be able to contribute in helping diagnose their disease or doing research. Hope this helps.