Making a Choice: Career vs. Service

Published August 25, 2015

Making a Choice: Career vs. Service

Choosing a career can be very challenging especially if you plan on working in the medical field. One of the good things about becoming a nurse is that you can combine your love for nursing with other passions such as forensics or home healthcare. Understanding these different types of nursing fields will in the end help you to make a better decision regarding your career. Keep reading to learn more about occupational health and forensic nursing.

Forensic Nursing

A forensic nursing is the practices of nursing all over the globe while the legal and health systems intersect. So what does this mean exactly? A forensic nurse is responsible for assisting with crimes. Victims of abuse and violence require a special kind of care from a health professional who knows how to treat and help trauma that comes with being a victim of a violent crime. They also try to prevent future crimes with their knowledge and often have to give their testimonies in court in order to help the victim.

A forensic nurse’s salary ranges from $60, sickness 000-$90, order 000 a year depending on experience and where you are employed. Individuals who obtain their Master’s degrees tend to make more in salary and are often given more opportunity to excel in their careers.

Occupational Health Nursing

An occupational health nurse is responsible for observing and assessing workers’ status of health with respect to the job hazards and tasks that come with the job. They use their specialized experience and education to help keep hazardous working environments away from the workers themselves. Their primary responsibilities include: disease management, pharmacy environmental health, disaster planning, employee treatment and referrals, and gatekeeper to various other healthcare services.

This career is more of a desk job as opposed to working on your feet. It is a good option for individuals who are interested in the field of nursing but would rather work behind the scenes to help ensure the safety of others. This is often a choice for nurses who have already worked in various other fields of nursing and would like to try something new.

If you are interested in becoming an occupational health nurse you must first become a registered nurse and obtain various experience in the field before working in occupational health. An occupational health nurse’s salary is approximately $65,000 a year.


One of the best things about becoming a nurse is that there are so many different options available for you to choose from. You are able to combine a passion for nursing with another passion to become something truly meaningful and amazing. Take the time to do the research needed before you choose the nursing field you want to work in.

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