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can a podiatrist become a nurse?

Discussion in 'USA' started by dpm5050, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. dpm5050

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    Can a podiatrist become a nurse? Im guessing you have to give up your licensce before going to nursing school or perhaps any other healthcare career such as PA school. Anyone one with any knowledge on this?
  2. Danyel

    Danyel Member

    It is not a issue. Why not?
  3. Rob Kidd

    Rob Kidd Well-Known Member

    There is no reason at all, and forget the rubbish about licence. I have never known this, though I have has dozens go in the other direction. And at the risk of being patronising, which is not my intention, it is my belief that they are better pods for being a nurse first. I am thinking particularly of the remote area nurses that we use in remote Ozz - forgive this, they are nearly Docs. I have had several pods that have become Docs - and do their own nail surgery, There is one in particular I am thinking about that did Pod when I was at Western Sydney, is now a GP in Adelaide. I have a degree in geology as well and being a podiatrist (and an anatomist): does that mean I have to hand in my licences? I don't think so
  4. serna

    serna Member

    While podiatrists and nurses both work in the healthcare field, they are distinct professions with different scopes of practice and educational requirements. Podiatrists are specialized healthcare professionals who focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot and ankle disorders. They typically hold a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) degree and undergo extensive training specifically in podiatric medicine and surgery. On the other hand, nurses are healthcare professionals who provide direct patient care, including assessing patients' health needs, administering medications, and coordinating care plans. Nurses typically hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or an associate degree in nursing (ADN) and must be licensed to practice.
  5. serna

    serna Member

    While it is possible for individuals to pursue a career change and transition from one healthcare profession to another, becoming a nurse after working as a podiatrist would generally require additional education and training. Those with a background in podiatry may have relevant knowledge and skills that could be beneficial in nursing practice, such as patient assessment and communication skills. However, they would still need to complete a nursing program and meet the licensure requirements in their jurisdiction to practice as a nurse. Depending on individual circumstances and career goals, some podiatrists may choose to pursue further education and training to become nurses, while others may explore other avenues within healthcare that align more closely with their interests and skills.

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