A little info about me, I am soon to be 20 years old and I am currently in my second semester of nursing school. (I am technically a junior in college.) I plan to attend an online BSN program shortly after, and then do a BSN-DNP bridge. Ultimately, I want to be a Geriatric Primary Care NP. Anytime I tell someone this i get "Why waste your time being a nurse? Just go to medical school and be a REAL doctor." I cannot tell you how frustrating it is for me to hear that. I have been to multiple MDs and NPs for my health and my family member's health. I have always thought that NPs have taken more time to explain the situation/issue with me and be somewhat more involved and available. (I have had a few wonderful MDs as well) I guess I am just frustrated by that response, as I am sure many practicing DNPs would be... Wow this is turning into a vent, my apologies. I guess I am asking why all of you NPs and DNPs out there decided to go this route instead of Medical school. Do you often get this response from people, and how do you respond? Do patient's in the hospital/office treat you differently than they would MD or do they trust your judgement? I still want to be an NP, I guess I am looking for some reassurance that you all love what you do or at the very least do not regret the path you chose. I appreciate all responses from students RNs, NPs... etc.