i'm doin a paper on nurses vs. doctors and need more info i was just cerious what ya'll think about this subject? what are the advantages and disadvantages that nurses have over doctors or vise versa? what makes either one a better choice?
Sep 26, '06
If there's a pomegranate category, I'd like to be in it.
Seriously, if you're asking which is better, the counter-question is, "better in what way?"
Here are some advantages that come to mind when I ask myself if I wish I'd gone the doc route:
--shorter education time to be a nurse
--lower financial committment
--more flexibility as far as specialty. When I needed a break from
psych, I switched to postpartum. Can't do that very easily when you've invested 3-5 years in a residency.
--low overhead. Don't have to staff an office or buy tons of equipment. Give me scrubs and a stethoscope and I'm set.
--I like scrubs and prefer wearing them over business attire.
--many, many options. Can work anything from NICU to geriatrics and everything in between. Don't even have to have patient contact if I work in QA or insurance.
--longer patient contact time. Lots of teaching opportunities.
--can leave the job at work.
--option to work part time or per diem. Has been very valuable to me.
--potential for more family time. If I'd gone the medical route, I know I wouldn't have had six kids.
Considered becoming a doc. Had the grades. Had the interest and the motivation. Preferred nursing for all the above reasons and many more.
Last edit by rn/writer on Sep 26, '06