Any BSN graduates pursuing a a M.D. degree after graduation?? - page 3

Hi there, I don't know if this topic has been brought up before, but I was just wondering is there any BSN graduates out there pursuing a M.D. degree after graduation? If so, can you tell me how come... Read More

  1. by   zacarias
    Quote from lapappey
    I just think that go to school for your BSN with the idea of getting an MD somewhere down the road isn't the best move.

    I recently had seriously planned on going to med school after finishing my BSN but now am focusing on the NP route (No I'm not indecisive ). As I think about it, being a NP is more suited to my desires. I have no wish to perform brain or cardiac surgery. I, however, do desire to treat people with diabetes, hypertension, and provide preventive teaching.

    I also think now is an exciting time for mid-level providers. Healthcare is changing rapidly and the role of NPs will exponentially increase as the years unfold, well that is my hope and opinion.
  2. by   lapappey
    Absolutely!

    If one's desire is for "more (responsibility, autonomy, authority, what have you)" p Nsg school, then NP school is a fantastic option ... a continuation of the RN program, rather than a changeover to something completely different.

    Quote from zacarias
    I recently had seriously planned on going to med school after finishing my BSN but now am focusing on the NP route (No I'm not indecisive ). As I think about it, being a NP is more suited to my desires. I have no wish to perform brain or cardiac surgery. I, however, do desire to treat people with diabetes, hypertension, and provide preventive teaching.

    I also think now is an exciting time for mid-level providers. Healthcare is changing rapidly and the role of NPs will exponentially increase as the years unfold, well that is my hope and opinion.
  3. by   fotografe
    Quote from lapappey
    And if you're sure you want to be a physician a BSN is not a good pre-med degree.
    With this logic, no undergraduate major would be appropriate for a pre-med student. Not everyone who wishes to attend med school gets in, so they end up working in a field related to their undergraduate major. As chemists, biologists, excercise physiologists, drug reps, actors, artists, etc. As you see, NONE of the work responsibilities of these jobs have anything in common with the work responsibilities of a doctor. Why would you discourage someone from choosing a "pre-med" major that gives them work experience in a hospital, directly caring for patients? Seems that would be an excellent preparation for becoming a doctor. Maybe doctors would be more apt to treat patients rather than diseases. And understand their nursing colleagues. I think of nursing and medicine more like oranges and grapefruit. They are in the same family, but not at all the same thing. Does not mean knowing about one would not help you with the other.
  4. by   fotografe
    Why isn't it the best move? Why would you think someone who can dissect a frog or titrate an acid/base is more likely to be a better doctor than someone who can spend hours, days, weeks on end monitoring a critically ill person and keeping them alive, taking care of their every basic human need? And nurses who complete a BSN DO have them same liberal arts courses as any other Bachelor's recipient. The fact that their concentration is caring for ailing humans I think makes them much better prepared to be doctors. They have a human -- a nursing -- perspective to the science of medicine.

    The only valid argument I have read so far against this is that perhaps studying nursing instead of bio will take away a slot from someone who will stay in nursing. But, there is no guarantee anyone studying nursing will stay at the bedside. I would rather they become compassionate doctors that drug reps grubbing for money.


    Quote from lapappey
    Okay, fair enough.

    BSN may not be bad aspre-med course but if an MD is what you want there are better ways to get it, IMHO. And I know a couple of RN's (not all BSN's, mind you) who went on to become excellent MD's because they changed their minds. I just think that go to school for your BSN with the idea of getting an MD somewhere down the road isn't the best move.
  5. by   nanali
    Thank you for everyone's imput and opinions, I greatly appreciate it. I guess I was just looking for some encouragement and reassurance, but it's up to me. thank you Fotografe what you said was what I had in mind. Anyway, thanks again to everyone.

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