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I'm going to go to nurse school. It'll be my first step in the direction of becoming a therapist. I work at a hospital, though only as a cleaner. Bottom line is: I want to help people and I'm willing to go through blood and vomit to do so.
 

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I've been working as a nurse for just shy of four years now, three of those years in outpatient/residential psych. I've greatly enjoyed my job and helping the underserved where I live. I actually enjoy pretty much all aspects of nursing and feel that if you are relatively good at separating yourself and preventing empathy from turning into sympathy, you can do great things as a nurse.

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Im doing EMT basic school in San Francisco doing the national registry in December. I'm currently volunteering with San Francisco Fire Department EMS division to get hands on and practical tests done with.I like public safety and emergency medicine
 

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Im doing EMT basic school in San Francisco doing the national registry in December. I'm currently volunteering with San Francisco Fire Department EMS division to get hands on and practical tests done with.I like public safety and emergency medicine
Good Luck on your National Registry!!!

I have been in EMS for seven Years. Started out as an EMT Basic and two years ago became a medic. I work part time for the ambulance service in my community and I am also a Firefighter. My community doesn't support Full-Time Fire and EMS so I also have to work another job to support myself, but I am working on getting hired in on one of the bigger cities close by.

I love helping people.:happy: I have seen some amazing things over the last seven years. It is the perfect career for my personality. I have more long range plans of going into nursing maybe in a few years.
 

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Also once you've finished nurse school you can pretty much work as a nurse anywhere in the world, I think. That's a big plus in my eyes..
 

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I actually enjoy pretty much all aspects of nursing and feel that if you are relatively good at separating yourself and preventing empathy from turning into sympathy, you can do great things as a nurse.
Can you elaborate on this, please?
 

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I work as an addictions counsellor in a residential treatment centre. Frustrating job at times, but very rewarding. The one downside of INFPs working in helping fields is that we do care, which is also why we are in the field. It is easy to take your work home and think about the people you are helping when you are at home. We really need to establish boundaries and take very good care of ourselves. Self care is EXTREMELY important.
 
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OP, your avatar makes me hungry, LOL.
I'm a qualified medical laboratory technologist. Been doing it on and off for ten years. I'm actually planning on starting a Psych degree next year though. I agree with the poster about self care and setting boundries. We care more, but we burn out faster. I am very lucky that my boss of the moment acknowleges the burnout factor (my job is extremely high pressure at times), how ever bad employers can and do take advantage of our dedication.
 

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Can you elaborate on this, please?
The way I was taught how to determine the difference is that someone who is empathetic can understand where the patient is coming from and recognizes the emotions and reactions and is able to give appropriate help/responses to a patient or patient's family. Someone who is using sympathy instead will feel those same emotions and reactions as though they were experiencing everything themselves. This can often overwhelm a health care provide and make it so they are unable to give appropriate help or responses to a given situation.

The primary difference is that a person who can empathize will not get burned out as quickly as one who sympathizes, and often recovers from burnout/work-fatigue far faster and easier than the latter.
 

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I work as an addictions counsellor in a residential treatment centre. Frustrating job at times, but very rewarding. The one downside of INFPs working in helping fields is that we do care, which is also why we are in the field. It is easy to take your work home and think about the people you are helping when you are at home. We really need to establish boundaries and take very good care of ourselves. Self care is EXTREMELY important.
Quoted and emphasized because this can't be said enough.
 
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