Do you think Patients would confuse me for a doctor if I'm South Asian and male? - page 4

I'll keep it brief: I'm male and South Asian (East Indian), and I applied to a few nursing programs already. Hopin' I get some fat letters in early February! :D I actually volunteer at a nearby... Read More

  1. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from Gluteus Maximus
    What is odd about it? Many people especially those of foreign descent use nursing in North America as a stepping stone to get their medical degrees.
    That's odd. Why would someone of foreign descent go to nursing school in North America to get a medical degree? Nursing school and med school aren't even kind of alike. Do North American nursing schools prepare you to be a doctor in another country?
  2. Visit  Gluteus Maximus profile page
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    Quote from nursel56
    That's odd. Why would someone of foreign descent go to nursing school in North America to get a medical degree? Nursing school and med school aren't even kind of alike. Do North American nursing schools prepare you to be a doctor in another country?
    My nursing class was full of international students who were doctors in their home country - one was even an obstetrician so med school plus residency, however, their training didn't directly translate into being eligible to practice medicine in Canada (not sure about the US) and so they wound up in nursing school to keep their skills current and keep a foot in the medical field. There's a deficiency of family practitioners here, not enough seats in medical schools yet an overkill of international applicants who can't meander their way through the system due to high standards and rigid specifications. I haven't yet decided if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

    It must be a huge slap in the face to be demoted in such a way - medical degrees useless so opting for janitor, taxi driver, etc. whatever it takes to pay the bills.
  3. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Gluteus - Thank you for clarifying that! Yes, I've worked with many, many people who tell me they "were an RN in their home country" if they are working as an aide or LPN, and "they were a doctor in their home country" if they are working as an RN.

    I don't see it as a demotion at all, though. They chose to emigrate to another country and all of the consequences that may come with it, and education isn't a "one-size-fits-all" system across borders. I know the red tape probably annoys them, but practicing medicine in the US and Canada is a privilege, imo.
    caliotter3 and Gluteus Maximus like this.
  4. Visit  DelanaRN profile page
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    My husband is a 41 year old male nurse and he gets asked if he's the doctor fairly often.
  5. Visit  GoneFishN profile page
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    Quote from Gluteus Maximus
    What is odd about it? Many people especially those of foreign descent use nursing in North America as a stepping stone to get their medical degrees.
    Sorry, I was not familiar with the RN-MD route. I researched it more and it appears to be possible.

    Still... it is odd.
  6. Visit  BelleNscrubs04 profile page
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    Yes. Uniforms are confusing in American hospitals and vary from place to place so people rely on stereotypes to distinguish and make assumptions about who is who. Some will think you are a MD because of your ethnicity, some will think you're one because you're male. Some will assume because you're scrubs are solid, or green, or you have a stethoscope. Others may think you are a Dr. if you have what they think is a very professional manner. And some will just call you Dr. because they think that is the more prestigious position and let you correct them if they are wrong because they think they are avoiding offense that way. Good luck on your journey to being a Nurse. I'm sure after all you're hard work you won't have too much trouble correcting them and proudly telling them your a registered nurse.

    As a side note I just realized that the only nurse smiley and icon is a Caucasian female. Hmm...maybe we can start working on correcting some of those assumptions right here on "allnurses". And I realized after "re-reading" your post that I had assumed you meant you were studying to become a RN (rather than LPN) I guess we all make assumptions all the time.
    kaliRN likes this.
  7. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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    Quote from meghantk
    . . .As a side note I just realized that the only nurse smiley and icon is a Caucasian female. Hmm...maybe we can start working on correcting some of those assumptions right here on "allnurses". And I realized after "re-reading" your post that I had assumed you meant you were studying to become a RN (rather than LPN) I guess we all make assumptions all the time.
    I noticed that about the nurse smiley, too. Even though I fit the category (except I'm not young-looking and I have a nose)it still bugs me.
    thmpr likes this.
  8. Visit  StarryEyed, RN profile page
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    I'm a short Hispanic female and a few yrs ago (I think I was 21) I was mistaken for a doctor at a VA hospital. Made me smile

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