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If you weren’t a nurse but still wanted to work in the public sector, what profession would you be in?

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  • i think I would be a teacher

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  • None of the above.

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  • if I had the chance again I would be a psychologist as they seem to work in every domain in society so there is a broad choice of work, they usually have regular hours and good pay and can often work independently and open their own practice where they are their own boss or work in a group practice. I find behavioural, social psychology and neuropsychology, as well as interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships and family dynamics and family systems theory totally fascinating. I also find it frustrating that much of this side of our work in nursing has been taken over by counsellors and psychologists.

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  • I would be a teacher part of my job as a nurse is to teach. Anonymous 31/12 7:31 pm mentioned being a psychologist I am not a big fan of psychology due to the fact psychologist work regular hours on the ward in psychiatry we have to make sue the patient is stable enough before the psychologist will engage with them yet who puts in the psychological input the patient needs when the psychologist is on holiday, at weekends and over the various holidays us nurses yet we get less pay. I enjoy doing this job, however I wish the higher ups would appreciate the input and various skills nurses bring to the job. My definition of being a psychiatric nurse is being a nurse, counsellor,teacher,psychologist, benefit officer, liaising housing worker, negotiator at times be a miracle worker, cannot remember the when last was able to go to a canteen and have lunch etc. The list just goes on.

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  • A vet I might not get attacked or bitten so often

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  • Also - none of the above

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  • It would have to be Zoo Keeper. I would be working within a similar environment. Natural leadership would be seen in some, but an awful lot of wanna be alpha females fighting for control would also be witnessed. Bullying and harassment of subordinates, with favouritism rife, as each endeavor to maintain some territory! Its not all bad - honest. Many can be wonderful and adapt, even enjoying sharing this particular space? Those naturally gentle in behaviour, kind and thoughtful. Sadly there are those with aggressive attitudes, too 'senior' to be actively involved or just like to cause problems. It is unfortunate that health care, unlike animal care, does not cull too protect its valuable resources.

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  • Possibly something to do with television.

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  • rovergirl6@hotmail.com

    I would be a social worker ,Problem is at the moment i want to do the training but due to the fact that i have not got a certificate in Maths i an not eligible I am 58 and due to my being honest io et my registration go in 2008 and now i am unemployed. and missing my work tremendously. Anybody any ideas.

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  • Probably in the police force - so different from nursing

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