I have a serious question

  1. Why didn't you guys get your doctors degree?

    I mean I see a lot of people on here complaining about the work load and stress and politics and what not. Oh yeah and the salary. I just don't really see why not, ya know? I mean a BSN program is 4 years. Medical is five. Like, lets look at the difference here.

    4 year BSN grad ... making maybe what? 40-50-60-70 grand a year?

    5 years down the road... they're probably still working as an RN, maybe they went into a specialty... topping of at 100k a year.


    Now, a doctor after 5 years of medical school does residency, 50-60 a year... but then a couple years down the road they're making 200-300$ a year, and they're the DOCTOR. Thats some politics right there.

    I don't know, maybe I'm talking out of my awss but, I'm just wondering what your personal reason is for not continuing your education. That sounds dick-ish... sorry :P
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   sandanrnstudent
    I like the confidence to go to med school.
  4. by   K nurse-one-day
    Im assuming this is a joke question.
    I hope you have some burn ointment cause you're about to get flamed my friend
  5. by   ChuckeRN
    I didn't want to be a doctor - simple.

    Besides, docs get sued.
  6. by   snow_bear
    Medical school is 4 years AFTER the initial 4-year Bachelor's degree. That's a total of 8 years of schooling, then comes the internships and residency. Big difference from the 3-5 years it takes to get an R.N.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    For me, it's all about lifestyle. I have an associate's degree, earn in the $70k range per year, have a small student loan, and work only three days per week. I get to enjoy four days off per week, which is very important to me because I love unstructured free time. In addition, I do not want 24-hour responsibility over my patients.

    The physicians that I know work six, sometimes seven days per week. Their days start early in the morning, and they sometimes do not get home to their families until late at night. Also, all of the female doctors that I know all had to postpone childbearing until later in life (mid-thirties and older) due to being in school many years. Some of these ladies cannot get pregnant because they are at an age where their fertility has waned. Moreover, the average doctor has massive student loans.

    Being a doctor is an admirable, prestigious, and respectable lifestyle that I do not want. While I'd love to be earning a six-figure salary, I'll forgo the money for a decent quality of life.
  8. by   skulskcc01
    Quote from snow_bear
    Medical school is 4 years AFTER the initial 4-year Bachelor's degree. That's a total of 8 years of schooling, then comes the internships and residency. Big difference from the 3-5 years it takes to get an R.N.
    That's what I thought too.
  9. by   WKredz5
    Ya I got you. The hours do suck, heh. But... you're a DOCTOR!

    Damn though, If I could land a 70k a year job working 3 hours a week after 2 years of school I'd **** my self from excitement. What state are you from?
  10. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from WKredz5
    I mean a BSN program is 4 years. Medical is five.
    Doctors:
    1. Baccalaureate degree - 4 years
    2. Medical school - 4 years
    3. Residency (family practice) - 3 years
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    Grand total to become a doctor is 11+ years, with more time if the doc wants a specialty such as IM, pediatrics, cardiology, anesthesiology, etc. A person can become a nurse in a fraction of the time.

    Quote from WKredz5
    What state are you from?
    I live in Texas and earn $36 hourly, plus shift differentials for night shift. After you factor in the differentials, it adds up to $40+ per hour.
  11. by   Nascar nurse
    It's kind of like asking why I didn't want to be a lawyer or a teacher. The answer = I wanted to be a nurse. Really not difficult to understand.
  12. by   Nascar nurse
    Quote from WKredz5
    Ya I got you. The hours do suck, heh. But... you're a DOCTOR!

    Damn though, If I could land a 70k a year job working 3 hours a week after 2 years of school I'd **** my self from excitement. What state are you from?

    It's not 3 HOURS...she said 3 DAYS.
  13. by   SNIXRN
    it's not about the money. also, as others have stated, you have to get your bachelors degree first then continue on with a few years of med school, then residency, then chief, then fellowship. also, medicine and nursing are different. nurses are patient advocates. we actually get to know our patients and they greatly appreciate what we do. i would rather be a nurse and work 3 days a week for 45k than be a physician working 5 days a week, getting calls in the middle of the night, etc...

    Last edit by SNIXRN on Jul 31, '11
  14. by   BrazoriaLVN
    Quote from WKredz5
    Ya I got you. The hours do suck, heh. But... you're a DOCTOR!

    Damn though, If I could land a 70k a year job working 3 hours a week after 2 years of school I'd **** my self from excitement. What state are you from?
    WOW, you're a doctor. But you still have no life. Begone, troll.

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