I regret forever not going to medical schoolRegister Today!
- by nurse2dr Oct 4I am posting this thread because I feel really depressed. Maybe I can say I might need comfort but I can honestly say I regret forever why I did not go to medical school.Let me tell you my story.
I am already 28 years old. I am currently an LPN and I am in school for my RN.I had my Med surg clinical in the hospital and walked right in the middle of a code seeing a very familiar young doctor doing CPR. When I asked the nurse precepting me, I found out that doctor is my former classmate in high school.We both graduated high school in 2002. Now, 11 years later, I never felt so low in my life, I was looking down on myself regarding my status in life.Compared to her, at 28 years old, she was already a doctor and I am still stuck as a nursing student. I was so ashamed that I even tried to avoid her. I feel like my status in life is so low compared to her.
Plus, add the fact that I always wanted to be a doctor all my life since I was a baby.But my mom told me why not just be a nurse first and when I have enough money saved, go to medical school.Also, add the fact that it took me almost 10 years before becoming an LPN due to some unforeseen life circumstances. Have I known that I will be in school this long, then I should have spent my $60,000 student loans on becoming a doctor(which is what I always wanted, which is my heart has always wanted.) instead of going through 10 years of nursing school.Dont get me wrong. I love taking care of people and being a nurse. But I've always been more interested in actually treating patients and more on the medical side than on the caring side.
I am so jealous of my high school classmate. I feel once I get my RN, it is too late to go to medical school since by that time, I will be in my 30s, I am already married, I am already too old to go to medical school maybe my body might not have enough energy anymore to go through med school related to age plus I cannot add any more student loans to my $60,000 debt.I wanted to be a doctor so much I am willing to go to medical school in any country as long as somebody helps me become a doctor.Sorry for posting this but I guess I just need to vent how sad I am.To any nurses out there, do you think I have the right to feel this way?Is it really too late for me to go to med school once I get my RN in my 30s?Thank you.
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- Oct 4 by KarmatismWhy not become a Nurse Practitioner? It's just an extension of the educational track you're on now, rather than starting over. You can still have your own practice and its only a few additional years so the loans won't be nearly as expensive.
- Oct 4 by RNperdiemThink about it another way. Maybe there is another classmate who is looking at you wistfully. You have a "real job", you are in school for your RN and you are married. If you were at a high school reunion, you would have nobody saying that you didn't do anything with your life.
There are lots of people wanting to be doctors, but only a few slots available for med school. Many of those people with med school dreams will eventually look for a Plan B if med school doesn't work out. Many become nurses.
I hope you find some peace.
- Oct 4 by LadyFree28Quote from Mom To 4THIS. or become a NP..,the only person blocking you from obtaining that goal will be YOU...it will be up to you.If you truly want to be a physician then become one! Stop making excuses for why you can't and work towards that goal. Some of the best physicians I know we're nurses first.
Life is too short to be unhappy...there are many roads to Rome, as someone once said to me.
Sending you positive vibes in achieving your happiness.
- Oct 4 by mtngrlI'm thinking some LPN's might take offense to saying your status in life is "so low". What is status anyway? Are you a good person, a good nurse, a good wife,etc? That's what matters.
Also, that seems like a HUGE amount of loans. LPN school is usually one year, at least around here it is. And if you are already an LPN you should be on a faster track to RN. I am glad I got my ADN, and went to a technical 2 yr college!
- Oct 4 by KelRN215Why not just go to medical school right now if that's what you really want? Take classes that are required for entrance, take your MCAT and apply. I see no reason to spend several more years becoming an RN if your intention is to be an MD.
I looked at it the complete opposite way when I encountered people I went to school with who were MDs. Two years ago, one of my college friends got married. At her wedding, I encountered someone we graduated with who had just finished medical school and was beginning his surgical internship. And I thought "I've been working full-time for 4 years, have money, own a house, travel a ton and have a good schedule while this guy is just starting in the real world, working 80 hours a week for half my salary."