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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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- Jul 31, '11 by sandanrnstudentI like the confidence to go to med school.
- Jul 31, '11 by K nurse-one-dayIm assuming this is a joke question.
I hope you have some burn ointment cause you're about to get flamed my friend
- Jul 31, '11 by ChuckeRNI didn't want to be a doctor - simple.
Besides, docs get sued.
- Jul 31, '11 by snow_bearMedical 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.
- Jul 31, '11 by TheCommuterFor 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.
- Jul 31, '11 by skulskcc01Quote from snow_bearThat's what I thought too.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.
- Jul 31, '11 by WKredz5Ya 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?
- Jul 31, '11 by TheCommuterQuote from WKredz5Doctors:I mean a BSN program is 4 years. Medical is five.
1. Baccalaureate degree - 4 years
2. Medical school - 4 years
3. Residency (family practice) - 3 years
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 WKredz5I 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.What state are you from?
- Jul 31, '11 by Nascar nurseIt'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.