Quote from nicuRN2007
Being a doctor and being a nurse are two totally different things. A nurse is not a step-down from a doctor.
I agree with everything you say and have also experienced the comments "you're so smart, why don't you be a doctor?" I usually respond something along the lines of, "Wouldn't you want to have a smart nurse?"
I just want to remind you though that many nurses ARE doctors of nursing.
I prefer to use the term physician when meaning medical doctor, because there are many types of doctors.
I am a huge advocate of not using doctor to mean physician.
Dr. Smith, the physician, surgeon, cardiologist
Dr. Smith, the NP, CNS, PNP
Dr. Smith, the dentist
Doctor is a title, not a career.