RN to MD - page 4

by kalevra | 19,789 Views | 53 Comments

Do any of the readers or posters here actually know of anyone that went from RN to MD. I wanted to see how many people actually did this. Most people I know that went medical followed the PA route.... Read More


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    Should add that I know a few CNAs and a few paramedics who are docs and awesome too.
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    One of our ICU residents was an RN. I found out during rounds on a hot-mess patient when she pulled me aside and gave me two pager numbers for any new issues (getting hold of the right doc can be a challenge for us) - of which there were many. As I was expressing my gratitude, she smiled and said, "I get it... I used to be a nurse."
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    Years ago when my son was ALOT YOUNGER, I flirted with the idea of being either a cardiologist or a neurosurgeon. IM GLAD I DIDN'T! I hate the telephone and would be ****** if someone interrupted my beauty sleep! Its worth the money and prestige but, not your piece of mind. I take my hat off to all the Physicians who make this choice.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Apr 4, '14 : Reason: TOS
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    Quote from brown eyed girl
    Years ago when my son was ALOT YOUNGER, I flirted with the idea of being either a cardiologist or a neurosurgeon. IM GLAD I DIDN'T! I hate the telephone and would be p***ed if someone interrupted my beauty sleep! Its worth the money and prestige but, not your piece of mind. I take my hat off to all the Physicians who make this choice.

    some specialties are way way less tied to the phone than others. Opthamology (ka-ching!), plastic surgery, hospitalist, dermatology, podiatry, etc, are just a few of the specialties which one might have to take way way less call than other areas have to do.

    Many of the ER docs i've worked with, punched in/out like an employee, no call at all, no offices/overhead, no employees, no list of patients to keep up with or round on, and very set and (mostly) predictable hours, too.
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    About ophthalmology: You want to get somebody's attention in a big hurry at 1400 on the Friday of a long holiday weekend, tell them you have a new central field visual defect. I had this happen to me-- it was a little scary, I mean, am I having a CVA? or what? First stop, PCP-- she sees nothing, sends me to my optometrist for a better look. He sees nothing, but calls the ophthalmology practice. Now it's quarter of four. I get over there (DH driving). I get seen by two physicians, one to look around in there and one to do something about it if possible.

    Fortunately (everything's comparative) it was only a spontaneous retinal tear, tucked up high on the back wall where you need special toys to see it well; the central defect was because the fluid behind the tear was putting tension on the retina, which affected the fovea. They said it's a good thing I didn't wait until Tuesday after the holiday to get seen, because I would have had a total separation of the retina and been blind in that eye for good by Saturday morning. And they fixed it on the spot c a cryogenic probe. Definitely not the most fun I ever had in my life, but they stayed late to monitor me, too.

    End of ophthalmology commercial. Worth every dime, IMHO. But I hear that there are only two true dermatological emergencies.
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    OH, yes, eye doctors sure can end up taking call,
    so can plastic surgeons or podiatrists,
    but, it can be less often than some specialities which pretty much have nightly calls being divied up among their group.

    edit: re the ka-ching,
    it's just that so so many of the opthamologists and plastic surgeons seem to be so financially lucrative, too. I once had a GI doc tell me, he had counted up how many hours he worked,
    and divided that into his pay,
    afataer subtracting his overhead,
    and determined he is making about $14 per hour. I have no idea if he was lying, mistaken, bad at math, exaggerating, who knows...
    but, i've never forgotten that. There were some other docs around and none of them cried out, "oh come onnnn" either, which sorta made me think this doc wasn't that far off...(this was long time ago, too, is old number)
    Last edit by somenurse on Jan 3, '13
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    Yup...happens all the time.

    I have worked with MDs and DOs who started as CNAs, EMTs, RNs, LPNs, RTTs, Police, Chaplains, teachers, etc.

    The nurse to MD transition makes good sense in my estimation.
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    God bless 'em. I couldn't put myself through med school. Hence why I'm trying to become a nurse practitioner. Best of both worlds.
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    Quote from IndiCRNA

    Not me! I practice completly autonomously, my program was only 27 months long and about $40K, no residency required, and I make more than two thirds of the physicians in the hospital's group practice. Plus I get 2 weeks out of every 6 off. None of the physicians have it as good as we (the 3 CRNAs in our group) do and they know it.
    That is pretty cool. You have a sweet deal. I checked out a DO school near me and gave it some serious thought but again it's the age thing for me.

    I have worked with several nurses who went the CRNA route and every single one of them said they don't regret it. But the bad thing is all of them eventfully had to quit working. One toughed it out and worked weekend option but when she got to her second semester she had to quit working.
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    I know of two physicians who were first RNs and later became doctors. Both are psychiatrists now.


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