Doctor in your next life? - page 2

Just curious - to all the RN's, NP's, CNS's, etc. out there..... If you had to do it all over again, would you have became a doctor instead? Keep in mind all factors to consider: malpractice... Read More

  1. by   stsdoc
    How long have these staff nurses been working there? Thirty years? FP docs will start out (no matter where they are) at over $100,000/yr. and it usually goes up from there.
    Last edit by stsdoc on May 30, '04
  2. by   Erin RN
    Yes, I would have. I really would have liked to of been a plastic surgeon..working on burn pts, birth defects etc..too late now though, I am looking at putting 2 kiddos through college. Erin
  3. by   fergus51
    Quote from stsdoc
    How long have these staff nurses been working there? Thirty years? FP docs will start out (no matter where they are) at over $100,000/yr. and it usually goes up from there.
    Travel nurses or agency nurses can make that with very little experience (2+years working experience). Staff nurses can even do quite well depending on where they live, what shifts they work, etc.
  4. by   stsdoc
    That's awesome. I never knew nurses could make that much.
  5. by   fergus51
    Quote from stsdoc
    That's awesome. I never knew nurses could make that much.
    It certainly isn't the norm, but it is possible. I personally don't think it's worth it. I like being regular staff with a regular schedule in my regular hospital in a regular town. No travelling or agency in the big city for me.
  6. by   SharonH, RN
    no








    i wouldn't be a nurse again either.....
  7. by   suzanne4
    Quote from stsdoc
    How long have these staff nurses been working there? Thirty years? FP docs will start out (no matter where they are) at over $100,000/yr. and it usually goes up from there.
    Depending on what state that you live in......................there are quite a few nurses making over $100,000 per year and with only two to four years of schooling. Big difference.....................and only $100,000 for 12 years of schooling, you must be out of your mind to want to work for that.
  8. by   canoehead
    I wouldn't want to be a doc, but maybe a CRNA or a NP.
  9. by   nekhismom
    I think so. I don't think I like nursing very much. My job is weird, I might as well be a slave to a pager, it's better than being a handmaiden to the docs. Nurses here ARE still handmaidens. SO NOT MY STYLE!!! :chuckle:

    Also, I'm starting school again this summer, going to do pre-med. So YES, I would. Shoulda done it straight out of high school, but I was an idiot and joined the army.
  10. by   Rapheal
    No. Does not interest me. If I had to do it all over again I would be an accountant. Or maybe a math teacher. I would love to teach algebra or trig. I would gather up all the math dummies ( a former math dummy myself) and unveil the mystery of math. I would explain to them that it was discovered- not invented. It would be like unlocking their minds to the laws of the universe and creation. Yep. Sigh.
  11. by   lisamc1RN
    I have considered it, but honestly, I don't want to devote the time and finances to it. I value down time to much, too. :chuckle
  12. by   lissyrn
    Absolutely wish I had gone to med school. More autonomy, more respect.

    My interest as a doc would have been in research; probably medical genetics or oncology. I don't like bedside pt care. That's why I don't like nursing.
  13. by   nurseunderwater
    Quote from suzanne4
    Depending on what state that you live in......................there are quite a few nurses making over $100,000 per year and with only two to four years of schooling. Big difference.....................and only $100,000 for 12 years of schooling, you must be out of your mind to want to work for that.
    or really want to be a doctor suzanne....

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