If you could redo it....would you choose nursing?

  1. Would you redo choosing nursing or the medical profession?

    Curious to the feelings of others
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  2. Poll: If you redo your career choice...

    • Yes I'd choose nursing again

      43.79% 74
    • Medical School

      20.12% 34
    • Business

      5.92% 10
    • Management

      1.18% 2
    • Other

      33.73% 57
    169 Votes / Multiple Choice
  3. 136 Comments

  4. by   martymoose
    absolutely not. worst mistake ever.
  5. by   calivianya
    Currently in the process of applying to MD programs so I'm glad you put that there. xD

    I don't regret being a nurse, though. It allowed me to get my foundation before going on to do other things. I think I am a more well-rounded person and have better life experiences and more of an idea of what I really want to do from having been a nurse first.
  6. by   Rocknurse
    No I don't regret it. I was a useless, homeless bum in my teens and had a rough start to life, so my wake up call was a serious motorcycle accident that left me in hospital for a while, where I realized that nursing and medicine really interested me so I applied for nursing school once I had recovered. It has afforded me direction, a feeling of self-worth and an ambition I didn't know I had. It's moved me across countries and continents and given me a lifestyle I never thought I'd have. 25 years later I'm in NP school and grateful for every chance I've been given. Nursing saved my life and is one of the best things that ever happened to me. In return I've given it half of my life. You get out what you put in.
  7. by   Pixie.RN
    I just regret not doing it sooner! Love what I do and where I am going. I wish everyone the same.
  8. by   Libby1987
    Healthcare is tough right now and I don't think I would choose nursing in this climate, but then if I were 22 again and didn't compare it to the healthcare of the 80's, maybe I could handle it just fine.

    In my personal experience however, I've had a very satisfying career rich with memorable experiences and overall nursing has been very good to me.
  9. by   meanmaryjean
    August 28 will mark 40 years since I graduated from my LPN program. My ONLY regret is the 30 year gap between finishing my AAS and getting my BSN. I had 38 years at the bedside and now 2 in academia.

    Honestly, I don't know how to do anything else. Being a nurse is a HUGE part of who I am.
  10. by   caliotter3
    I would not have complicated my entire adult life for such an elusive, disappointing goal. You can not move out of your car or pay for a visit to an ER with the "desirable" nonexistent job society says you 'ought' to have. The default life provided so much better.
  11. by   not.done.yet
    Can't imagine doing anything else. I would have gotten school over with a lot sooner if I had it to do over again. This is what I was meant to do all along. So yes. I would happily choose it all over again.
  12. by   KatieMI
    I would do it again, but I would be d***ed if there would be one single day of bedside. Would prefer $50000 in student debths and go directly to MSN.
  13. by   Cvepo
    Honestly, I didn't develop strong study habits until my second year of college, when I had changed my major to pre-nursing. Looking back, and knowing how successful I have been academically since then, I think I would have rather just gone Pre-Med. I love nursing, and I love the nursing bedside role, but sometimes I crave the autonomy and I wish I were able to make more independent decisions.
  14. by   RNperdiem
    After seeing what my brother went through to become a doctor, I am glad that med school didn't work out for me. He pays $3000/month in student loans, did not match for residency right away, worked incredibly long hours in residency and is never really free from work. Honestly, I just don't to work that hard.
    Nursing is not the easiest work sometimes, but I am very satisfied with what I do.
  15. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Yes. Nursing has been good to, and for, me. Never wanted to be doctor. Horrendous school debt and worse hours.

    I go home and leave it behind me. I don't work 90 hours a week. I like it that way. Oh and no school debt haunting my life. Works for me.

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