I am interested in working in a hospital atmosphere but my family thinks the best profession for me to pursue is a Nursing background. Besides studying nursing and medicine what other fields are out there that can allow me to work in a hospital atmosphere? What made you want to study said major instead of nursing or medicine?
What were some of the struggles you went through when trying to choose your career path? How did you overcome those struggles?
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There are many ways to work in a hospital without being a nurse or physician:
1) Surgical technician - basically the right hand man of the surgeon. Hands the surgeon appropriate tools, scrubs in to surgeries
2) Radiology technician - perform CT scans, x-rays, MRIs
3) Phlebotomy - perform blood draws
4) Ultrasound tech - performs US
5) Social Work
Positions like these involve short-term contact with patients and some require an associates degree or certification, like surgical tech. Dietary/Nutritionist (mentioned in previous answer) requires a bachelors degree as does social work in some cases.
Ultimately, I think you need to choose a line of work that will allow you to work towards your goal career. If your goal career is in nursing or medicine, sometimes it is best to just go for it! The good thing about nursing is that it opens the door to so many other specialty areas. And medicine- the process is long and I would recommend starting that early if that is what you would like to do.
Some other fields for working in a hospital environment are : Medical Technician (work in the clinical labs, do various tests like blood test etc), Medical Engineering ( work with the surgical teams, for replacement of knee joints , for example), Nutritionist s ( give advice to diabetics about what to eat etc).
Computer technology, dietary, administration,billing, marketing, social services.