Why did you become a nurse instead of a doctor? - page 2

I'm just curious about what made you decide to become a nurse instead of a doctor.Or did becoming a doctor never even cross your mind? It took me a while to figure out that I wanted to work in the... Read More

  1. by   energizerbunny05
    the bottom line is that medicine or nursing is not for everyone. People pursue careers based on many things. Not many people are willing to sacrifice themselves to go into medicine it takes too much work and dedication which everyone is not willing to do. to each his own. u have to admit they are both great careers that serve the same purpose which is to take care of the patient
  2. by   madwife2002
    I never thought about being a Dr because educational standard in UK means straight A students- me not one of them cause I didn't wanna study that hard in first place.
  3. by   Q.
    Actually when I was in undergrad I was a biology major and my desire was, essentially, to be a scientist of some sort. As I started along that major I was struggling with the heavy math components (trig, calc, etc) and thought I wouldn't be able to do it. So I looked at other majors to see if there was something that was about as scientific with less math and I found nursing. I also had an interest in women's health as well so I thought nursing would be a good fit. So I transferred majors my junior year.

    I enjoyed nursing school, but I still longed to work in a lab setting and I considered going to med school to become a pathologist or medical examiner. I took the MCAT during my final semester of nursing school. It was by far the most difficult exam I had ever taken.

    When I graduated nursing school and found my niche (obstetrical nursing) I was pretty comfortable. I still enjoy obstetrics and women's health from a nursing standpoint but I still desire to be an ME. But I don't think I'd ever really do that.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    Serendipity
  5. by   tiredfeetED
    I actually have thought of going back to school for the past couple of years to become A md/do. At 28, I have a child and one on they way and think that it is not worth taking the time away from them. I have ok grades from my teenager days that also have kept me from trying to apply. I think a whole lot different from when i was 20 yrs old now. I have a thirst for knowledge, I am always asking ED docs questions, reading CTs stuff like that....I will pursue a FNP/ ACNP, and we all know that pay for FNP is the same or if not less.
    I have spoke to our ED docs, and they stated that I would better off staying as a RN secondary to the tortures of loans and the torture of 7 yrs of being broke.
  6. by   James Huffman
    To me, the question is like asking, "Why didn't I become an accountant?" Becoming a physician never really occurred to me.

    Jim Huffman, RN
  7. by   energizerbunny05
    [QUOTE=tiredfeetED]I actually have thought of going back to school for the past couple of years to become A md/do. At 28, I have a child and one on they way and think that it is not worth taking the time away from them. I have ok grades from my teenager days that also have kept me from trying to apply. I think a whole lot different from when i was 20 yrs old now. I have a thirst for knowledge, I am always asking ED docs questions, reading CTs stuff like that....I will pursue a FNP/ ACNP, and we all know that pay for FNP is the same or if not less.
    I have spoke to our ED docs, and they stated that I would better off staying as a RN secondary to the tortures of loans and the torture of 7 yrs of being broke.[/Q

    u seem to have a real desire can your spouse work later on so that u could pursue your dream? My husband works and makes a good living so we would not be necessarily broke for the next 7 years. plus u r allowed to take out loans for living expenses just food for thought.
  8. by   GlowBear500
    Thank you guys for sharing your point of views. I feel actually reassured now that nursing is indeed the right career choice for me. I think it will be more rewarding for me on a personal level. And nursing has so many great advancement options. I'm very excited to get started with school in september. Cant wait to learn all that medical knowledge
  9. by   PennyLane
    I actually did want to become a doc, but chose nursing for all the reasons the OP mentioned. Give me my 3 12 hour days and I'll be quite happy. Now that I see more of what the docs do and have to go through, I'm very glad I chose nursing.
  10. by   mattsmom81
    Quote from Rollins
    I want to have time with my family, that's the #1 thing for me. To be able to come home everynight, go to my son's T-Ball games, movies with my wife, ect. I wouldn't want to take the time for that much school, despite the money or privledge of being "Doctor". Some things are just too important to me.

    YES! I wanted to punch in and punch out and not have to take call...I wanted a life in other words. Too many docs just do not get one...but believe the power and prestige will compensate for this.

    Sadly too many docs decompensate... use their 'stresses' as an excuse for being verbally abusive to nurses..but they knew what they were getting into so I give them little sympathy.
  11. by   arciedee
    Up until a year ago or so I pretty much had my heart set on becoming a doctor. I had considered both fields, but felt that medicine was where I wanted to go since there was nothing really stopping me (aside from taking a few classes). Over the course of a few personal events I really started questioning my decision and decided that I would rather pursue nursing. What it boils down to for me is this: I want to go to medical school, however I do not actually want to be a doctor... if that makes any sense. I think I would really enjoy the education and experiences that med school affords, but knowing what I know about the actual practice of medicine, it is not what I am looking for in a career. Nursing feels like a better fit for me in terms of scope of practice, schedule flexibility, the fact that you're not locked into one specialty (I suppose you're not in medicine, either, but who wants to do another residency if you change your mind along the way?). It just feels like the right path for me!
  12. by   mercyteapot
    I never wanted to be a doctor anyway, but if I had, I am sure I wouldn't have been able to get into an American medical school. Just not strong enough in the hard sciences.
  13. by   manna
    I don't know that it's a fair question, since the two professions aren't necessarily as related as it might seem at first glance...

    My brother is an ER MD, and I actually wanted to go to med school myself. After watching him go through (he's married with 3 kids), I decided I don't want to miss out on that much of my own children's lives. I sort of decided on nursing school at the last minute, and I've loved it so far. I haven't ruled out the thought of grad school in the future, when the boys are older, though.. (whether it be an MSN of some sort, or med school)

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