Would you ever be a doctor? - page 2

I'm sure we've all gotten the question, some time or another from friends and family, "Why didn't you just become a doctor?" As if a nurse is just someone who helps the doctor, who wants to be in the... Read More

  1. by   JeanettePNP
    I agree with those who said that nurses are not simply those who were too dumb to be doctors. I took some of my pre-reqs with pre-med students and did as well or better than them, so I certainly don't feel that I'm choosing nursing because of my intellectual inferiority. It has to do with the factors that other posters mentioned--wanting to do real patient care, not wanting to spend years of my life in school, wanting a life outside of work among other things.
  2. by   wildmountainchild
    I'm in NP school now. My husband occasionally asks me if I'm going to want to go to med school. I admit its tempting, but I just don't want to invest the time. That's the main thing. If I could get some kind of advanced placement b/c of nursing and didn't have to spend 4 years of med school plus 4 years of residency, then I would do it.

    But, as other posters have mentioned, I want time to enjoy my life. And to me that means working 3 days a week.
  3. by   UM Review RN
    No. I'm either not smart enough or not stupid enough, depending on how you look at it.
  4. by   nurse4theplanet
    A full paid scholarship would be tempting...

    But all the TIME I would have to give up, for school and after, just is not appealing to me. I don't want my profession to be my life. I want my family to be my life.

    Yes, it would be great to have the respect, the knowledge, the independence, and the large pocketbuck that the medical profession boasts...but at what expense? It just doesn't fit my lifestyle. I am already very smart. I have great hours. I make a decent wage. And I have plenty of time with my family.

    I'm happy where I am at. I have made enough sacrifices, now it is time to sit back and enjoy life.
  5. by   angel337
    the only doctor i would consider being is a ED physician because they do have a life, do not take call and get paid pretty darn well. family practice physicians make about the same as a nurse that does 15hrs OT a week.
  6. by   Epona
    Angel337 is right. I talked to my family doc. about both... pursuing medicine and pursing nursing. He told me that a family practice doc. makes about the same as an RN. Go figure. He said it was not worth all the money, time and schooling to go. He said it was easier to go to RN school... less time, less money to go, and a life AND.. you make about the same when you get out. How do ya like that! He shook his head and frowned and said nah... just not worth it. I was pretty surprised.
  7. by   imenid37
    I don't really want to be doc and never have. I toy w/ maybe being a CNM, one day, maybe. If it's your dream, I say go for it. I think it is a very different approach to patient care than we have as nurses. Our one hospitalist was an ICU RN for about 10 years before pursuing her MD. We also have an FP doc was once an LPN. One of the ob docs I know considered being a nurse, but was turned off by all of the personal care that nurses do for patients.
  8. by   TrudyRN
    Yes! Seriously, yes, I regret not being in a line of work that pays better and is more prestigious and more powerful.
    Last edit by TrudyRN on Jan 14, '07
  9. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from Epona
    Angel337 is right. I talked to my family doc. about both... pursuing medicine and pursing nursing. He told me that a family practice doc. makes about the same as an RN. Go figure. He said it was not worth all the money, time and schooling to go. He said it was easier to go to RN school... less time, less money to go, and a life AND.. you make about the same when you get out. How do ya like that! He shook his head and frowned and said nah... just not worth it. I was pretty surprised.
    He might be wrong about the salary.

    If you want to be a doc, by all means, go for it.
  10. by   firstaiddave907
    i think my calling is nurseing because my family says im compassionate and careing. after i get my medical assistant degree i want to go and get my RN then I want to go on one of those mecery medical ships and do some voilnteer work. i would have a hard time beging in school for many years to become a doctor and then you have to go through resdency then once you go through that then your a full fledge doctor.
  11. by   RN BSN 2009
    One professor of mine says when people ask her why she didn't just become a doctor, she said "Because I'm too smart!"
  12. by   Roy Fokker
    "I work for a living, thank you"
  13. by   scribblerpnp
    Like most of you guys, I seriously thought about medical school prior to going to college, and I often spent most of my college years as a nursing student wondering if I had made the right choice and thinking maybe medical school was the way to go.

    Then my boyfriend of two years was accepted into medical school. And we dated the entire time he went through and through part of the residency. That was enough to stop my wondering. He studied constantly (even though he was VERY smart), and if you think some nursing instructors are mean! His were worse! I found myself in social situations with other younger MD's and soon to be MD's whose attitudes towards other people began to change. (Not everyone, but a large percentage) Their ideas of nurses became more negative and they began to see themselves as "special."

    I saw this take a wonderful boyfriend/fiance who was caring and turn him into a crass, self-centered man. I'm sure it doesn't do this to everyone, but over the seven years time (school+ residency) he changed and began to have an air of entitlement. I finally ended it when he was given bad service at an electronics store and pulled the "I am a physician and a Very Important Person, I should be treated better than this."

    I don't want to go through all of that and what if it changed me? I NEVER thought it would CHANGE who he was, (we knew each other since we were three) but it did. I'm happy as a nurse/nurse practitioner and would never under any circumstances go to med school.

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