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Is it better to work as a nurse practitioner in a hospital or in a clinic?

I'm a junior in high school and want to pursue a career in the medical field. I am good at science and math and love to help people. I am very family oriented and want to have a career that still gives me time to be with friend's and family but at the same time give me the fun and excitement of doing what I love and help people. #medical #career-choice #help


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Palak’s Answer

Hi Melissa, I would also agree that exposing yourself to the different opportunities is the best approach. Each will have it's pros and cons. The beauty of nursing is that possibilities are endless and you have many different avenues you can take.

You may find the following resource helpful: https://www.registerednursing.org/guide/working-rn/

It will give you an idea of how a nurse can use their skill-sets to work in many different and exciting settings.

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Michele’s Answer

It is a great question and you have a little bit of time, that is probably at least 5 years down the road so things might change then. One great way to explore both options would be to try internships, one in a hospital and one in a clinic. You can also do volunteer work in a hospital that might give you exposure to that type of environment.

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Estelle’s Answer

Both working in a hospital and in a clinic have benefits. In a hospital, you have the opportunity to see acutely ill patients and potentially treat them until they have a swift recovery. In clinic, you have the ability to get to know your patients for years and provide great continuity of care.

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