View Full Version : Deciding which field of nursing to go into

01-04-2009, 07:43 AM
Hi to all.

I'm hoping to go to Uni next September to study a diploma. Only trouble is I'm having trouble trying to decide which field I wish to pursue. Mental health does interest me greatly, however what I am most interested in is Art Therapy. I love biology/psychology and so I think doing a nursing diploma is a good step in the right direction. It's just choosing who I would like to help.

I can't decide whether to go down the adult or child route. I'm sorry if any of this comes out the wrong way, I'm just a bit lost. I understand that the environment I work in does take a strong person. But sometimes the constant abuse from patients does effect me. I hope someone can offer some great advice :0)

01-04-2009, 07:51 PM
Have you heard about Occupational Therapy (Therapist). They work more on the Art Therapy side. I'm just concerned that you will do nursing and eventually find that you don't have time for what you thought you could do. I'm basing this on what I have experienced where the nurses are generally more occupied with patient care and patient meetings then 'play' therapy.

Ian will have a greater idea of what you might consider.

01-05-2009, 05:44 AM
thanks for your reply. Yeah I have been out on escorts with the OT, and have helped with sessions on the ward. I can totally understand what you mean. As nursing staff we deal with the everyday, oiling the cogs jobs. Whilst their responsibility is to get them back into the community or distract them from something else. I think I need to look into whether the OT degree gets funding though. As I can't afford to pay my whole way through Uni.

Mr Ian
01-05-2009, 08:42 AM
Sounds like you'd be more content with OT training.
It doesn't preclude you from doing the same clinical work as nurses - such as group work, 1:1 etc and you won't be involved in the day to day drama of care and can focus on just your little corner of the world without getting side tracked into the other stuff.

You said Diploma - but I'd go straight for a degree.

To be an Art Therapist in the NHS you need a Masters Degree.

It may also be of interest for you to study psychology then branch into neuropsychology perhaps - but that would be more clinical studies than clinical work.

Once you complete the basic degree - if you want to stay cliical; - specialise fairly soon in Mental Health; Art and/or also getting some counseling courses under your belt (not sure what current content for counseling skills is in OT courses) and that could set you up with enough options.

01-05-2009, 08:16 PM
It sounds like you are are proposing a long path there Ian. :captain:

Darkogirlie I suggest you get in contact with some universities and talk to them about what you are considering, they will have a better idea as to how to get to the intended outcome. I also suggest that you get in contact with some OTs in the area you intended to go into, they have been through it and will be able to tell you what not to do.

01-06-2009, 05:46 PM
Thanks for all the advice, it is much appriciated :) I've just been set up with email access in work, so I think I will email them and see if I can go down to their lair and speak to some of them about it. I am also going to give learn direct a call I think. As they've been great in the past. I've emailed Salford Uni P/J...but no reply so far.

*Keeps crossing fingers*

Mr Ian
01-10-2009, 01:11 AM
It sounds like you are are proposing a long path there Ian.

Well I didn't design the path - just giving directions to the destination :cheers:

12-20-2012, 05:19 AM
Well, psychiatric Nursing is one of the best fields in nursing! Forensic Nursing sounds interesting too, why don’t you consider it?

03-06-2013, 04:20 PM
I say you choose whichever field you are most passionate about and will make you the most happy!