The "Why don't you go to Med School" Question - page 3

by AL1992 | 13,002 Views | 48 Comments

If I had a dime for every time I've heard this question, from individuals in and out of the healthcare field. Just because I'm male and a minority doesn't mean I cannot be a nurse. I do not care whether or not I'll be "taking... Read More


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    I've contemplated this question and my initial thought entering medicine was to go the doctor route. Being in the south, they still hire ADN's down here so I figured I would learn more in the 2 years to get my ADN degree than 2 years doing pre-req's for med school.

    This is what I've come up with.

    Doctors have TONS of responsibility and IMHO they don't get paid enough. The amount of time and responsibility they have to do their job was frightening.

    ARNP's and PA's are almost interchangeable in the hospital setting. The pay is nice and you carry a lot of respect if that's what you so desire.

    Nursing is busy and challenging in it's own right and if practiced, it can become it's own art. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you want.

    I think if you wanted the best dollar per value ratio. You'd become a two year RN. Work 2 years. Then go back to PA school. You would have fundamentals on both sides and be able to anticipate the needs of both doctors and nurses. Your knowledge base would be huge and it would be an advantage to those that graduate with PA degree and no previous employment.

    Atleast that's my plan.
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    If someone would support me in giving me the standard of living I have now and would pay for not only going to finish the undergraduate prerequisites but also pay for going to medical school then absolutely I'd do it and go. Heck, I'd rather be a doctor.
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    My husband is a minority and a Doctor. Not MD - DC Doctor of chiropractic but still
    So, he is applying to the nursing school after being a Doc for 5 years and having his own practice.
    He told me that nursing has the most opportunity in this country and economic. He is the one who talk me into nursing too although I'm still thinking about medical school but you know, you can be NP after all
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    I have the pleasure of working with doctors 5 days a week and ill tell you...it doesnt look like a job that I'd enjoy doing as much as being a nurse...The closest I'll come to being a doctor is pursuing a practioner curriculum
    PatMac10,RN likes this.
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    really cool ....
    " my feeling is to my heart", do what you want, just follow your heart.

    Good Luck !
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    I have gotten this even as a pre nursing student. My reasoning is just because I want to start my life after I finish an ABSN in 1 year vs taking 5-6 years to get where I would want to be in the MD career.
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    This question always makes my eye twitch and I think it's a rather rude thing to ask... Even worse, I had a RN who I was working with on a clinical day ask why I didn't want to be a PA or MD. I fell into this profession and I am loving every second of it and, not to toot my own horn, am great with patients. I wanted to be a nurse because I want to work with people and help them. Isn't that why most people want to become a nurse?
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    I am finally able to pursue a new career in either Nursing ( NP or CRNA ) or Medicine ( MD ) after Military and then Fire Rescue. Kids are all grown and wife and I are free to relocate as we start fresh @ a young 49 y/o ! So I am giving this one a lot of thought as I finish my ADN this spring.

    Seems to me that Nursing and Medicine approach their goals differently with respect to patient care and training.
    In a nutshell, Doctors are trained by cramming as much medical information as humanly possible into their skulls in a long , hectic, dehumanizing way. Nurses are also asked to cram as much information as humanly possible into their skulls but their are two differences. First the training is designed with an entry/exit/re-entry manner so as to allow different skill levels for higher levels of practice. This alone makes the second difference much more practical.....the humanizing of the Nurse.

    Nurses are taught from day one that the patient in every aspect is the MOST important focus. The system reinforces the growth of compassion.

    Doctors are shown that medicine is the MOST important aspect. Doesn't matter what they are taught, the system grinds them down to an impersonal practioner. So they must fight to remain compassionate, let alone grow in compassion!

    So for me the real questions are whether I could continue to grow as a compassionate practioner in the Medical route against the odds? Or should I recognize the difficulties as too great for me to wish to fight?

    I am greatly leaning toward the latter. With great losses and age in my life I am learning the wisdom of seeing not only the strengths in myself but even more importantly the weaknesses. Then learning to accept those weaknesses as my own and striving to be a better man because of them.

    I find that true compassion and maturity come with great losses and the choice to smile and move on, encouraging others along the way.

    For me it seems that the pursuit and practice of Nursing fit me and this philosphy well.


    Jim
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    That question is offensive to both women and nurses, because it assumes that nurses are just wanna-be doctors. And that, as a man, you should have taken the initiative to go to med school!
    Amigo_of_Nightingale likes this.
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    wow that is really upsetting. Of all people, you would think that a clinical instructor would encourage us to be nurses and not question why we are not trying to be a doctor.


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