Doctor in your next life?

  1. 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 rates, med school tuition, time committment......

    Happy Sunday!
    -HG
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  2. Poll: Would you want to be a doctor?

    • Yes, sure would.

      39.08% 34
    • No, it wouldn't be my thing.

      60.92% 53
    87 Votes
  3. 56 Comments

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    nope...............
  5. by   stressednurse
    Maybe a Veterinarian, but not a people doc.
  6. by   Tweety
    No. If I had to do it all over again, I'd go to nursing school fresh out of high school and get my BSN (and not party too much so I could make those 8:00 chemistry classes).
  7. by   nurseunderwater
    I am a 37 y/o LPN taking my pre-med track now...so, yes I would and yes I am.
  8. by   nurseygrrl
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    No. If I had to do it all over again, I'd go to nursing school fresh out of high school and get my BSN (and not party too much so I could make those 8:00 chemistry classes).
    I would do the same. I feel like kicking myself for not going to college at 18! First of all, my dad would have paid my way and secondly...how much fun do you have at college??? What a dimwit I was! :chuckle
  9. by   ksfrn66
    A resounding NO....I am not interested in being a doctor. I would hate to be a slave to the phone, pager, etc. Besides, nurses do all the nice work at the bedside and the doctor usually floats in for a few minutes a day. I think the nurses have a much bigger impact on the patient than docs...
  10. by   Sadie04
    No way. Despite the ups and downs of being a nurse I would do it over again in a heartbeat.
  11. by   fergus51
    Not a chance!
  12. by   fairyprincess2003
    I finished my BSN in 2003 and am applying to medical school very soon, so in answer yes I am in my mid twenties
    PS I have thought long and hard about what I am getting myself into, but I am a sucker for punishment
  13. by   suzanne4
    No way.....................................and especially now.....I actually know of some doctors that have smaller salary than some nurses. Especially if they go into family practice and join a group. You can actually make more money as a nurse then what they make.................Definitely not worth another 8 years to me.............
  14. by   angel337
    i agree with suzanne4. i know alot of staff nurses that make what FP docs make. not worth 12 years of schooling unless being a doc is what you truly want to do. if i could do it over again i would have went to nursing school earlier.
  15. by   NeuroICURN
    Quote from Hopegirl
    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 rates, med school tuition, time committment......

    Happy Sunday!
    -HG
    LOL....I actually just had this conversation with a resident at work the other day.

    I told her that my family always wanted me to become a doctor, but personally, I'm not interested in all the time, money and punishment that they endure to get there. I want to work, leave and enjoy my time with family and friends.

    I mean, let's look at what the residents go through that I work with: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 7 years of residency (for a neurosurgeon), then a fellowship. (Oh and you think nurses eat their young??? You should see what neurosurgeons do to each other!!!) Then to have the absolute HIGHEST malpractice insurance (higher than ANY other MD) and to work crazy hours and have no outside life for the rest of my working years....Nah, they can have it! And I respect them enormously for doing it. To be a doctor these days, you have to really want it and it can't be just about the money.

    Actually, I've discussed this with a few attending MDs too...and they feel the same way. It's just not worth it anymore to become a doc. They named several reasons, including our legal system (it's getting really bad in PA for MDs).

    Like a previous poster said....I have much more impact on a patient than a doc does and if you want to go by recent surveys, they respect us more!

    Just my two cents.
    NeuroICURN

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