Question about Professional Skills for missionaries:
"I’m just beginning university and I’m interested in healthcare. Do you recommend I become a physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant?"
While some Physician's Assistants practice overseas, from what I have found they are much more limited as many countries do not recognize the degree.
If you go into nursing, go for the BSN (bachelor of science in nursing). Many countries will not license you for full-time service with an ADN (associate degree in nursing) because it omits community health education.
Despite the fact that we American doctors are trained to feel insecure and always want to take just one more course, American doctors tend to be overtrained. I loved ICU work as a young physician. Much more quickly than I thought, though, I gravitated to outpatient office medicine and I was very happy. And I did not need to know "everything" like I had felt that I needed to when doing hospital medicine.
1. Assess how well you are doing in university and how much you enjoy studying.
2. Pray about where in the world God might be leading you to serve, and find out which category of worker is most needed and can most readily get a visa.
3. Assess your desire to work under someone else versus being in charge.
4. Consider how much hands-on medical or nursing care you would like to give.
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