I have a serious question
- 0Jul 31, '11 by WKredz5Why 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
- 30Jul 31, '11 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorFor 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.
- 0Jul 31, '11 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorQuote 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?