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Besides income wise why would it be best to become a therapist instead of a registered nurse

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Khadija’s Answer

Professions are satisfying, and I'd want to share my thoughts on the subject. Physical, sports, speech, and mental therapists encourage healthy brain, body, and speech functioning and assist in the relief of pain and recovery from injuries caused by accidents or trauma. I would advise you to consider your motivations and the impact you want to have on the patients and people you care for. I've worked with therapists at various periods in my life who have assisted me in better communicating and connecting with myself and others. Therapy, in my opinion, is effective. While it appears to be a satisfying career, I believe it is difficult to detach oneself from the emotional impacts of it.
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Betty’s Answer

Hi Altonisha,

Both careers are rewarding, financially and altruistically, and I would like to offer my opinion. Therapists (physical, sports, speech and mental) promote healthy functioning of the brain, body and speech and help to alleviate the pain and recover the injuries caused by accidents or trauma. I would encourage you to figure out what your motivations are and what type of impact you want to have on the patients and people you care for. At various times in my life I have consulted with therapists who have helped me to communicate and connect better with myself and other people. I strongly believe therapy does work. While it seems to be a rewarding profession, I think it's also difficult to separate yourself from the emotional effects of the patients in your care, especially if there is depression, anxiety, physical and emotional abuse, etc. That is not to say that should be a deciding factor, just something to consider.

There are many types of nurses and I've known nurses who assist doctors with organ transplant surgery and other nurses who work in the maternal ward. There's a huge opportunity to make a direct impact to patients and it's also a growing field given the growing and aging population. Whatever you choose, please go with your heart and select the career that you will enjoy for years to come. You can always switch careers at a later point, but being happy and satisfied with your career is key to success. You can't go wrong with either types of jobs in healthcare.
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Michele’s Answer

Both are healthcare roles. Therapists work with people's minds and emotions and may see patients for years helping them learn ways to cope. Nurses (who are not working in the area of psych nursing) focus on people's physical health needs and assist them with coping skills involved in getting better. Nurses who specialize in psych nursing usually work in facilities. They too blend focus of people's physical health with their coping skills but their role is not intended to set the plan for people's path of mental health improvement. They would implement a plan that a therapist or psych practictioner sets up. Similarly to how it works in acute care hospitals. The medical doctor decides a medical plan of care and the nurse implements it. So depending on the role you see yourself fulfilling will determine which direction fits you better.
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Michael’s Answer

Altonisha, choose a career that you love! Money is secondary to being successful. I always say that counseling was the easiest job I ever had that paid the most money. I loved being an Addictions Therapist and retired happy and healthy
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