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

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    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 orders" from doctors, at the end of the day its the patient that matters most otherwise I wouldn't be pursuing Nursing. To answer all those questions to " why don't you be a doctor?", my answer is no! I want to be a nurse, not an optometrist, OT, but a Nurse! And yes I've considered the M.D. pathway before and always came back to Nursing. Nursing is my calling, my passion, it runs through my veins..one day I hope and pray that I'll make an excellent nurse.
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    Quote from AL1992
    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 orders" from doctors, at the end of the day its the patient that matters most otherwise I wouldn't be pursuing Nursing. To answer all those questions to " why don't you be a doctor?", my answer is no! I want to be a nurse, not an optometrist, OT, but a Nurse! And yes I've considered the M.D. pathway before and always came back to Nursing. Nursing is my calling, my passion, it runs through my veins..one day I hope and pray that I'll make an excellent nurse.
    Cool dude. Most people never ask that to me and the people who do are usually in a non-medical field. FYI, its OD for optometry and they don't go to med school, they go grad school for optometry, like pharmacy, OTD, etc.
    zorro_wrangler likes this.
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    my clinical instructor actually asked me that... of all the people who have asked, that was the most surprising
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    I don't know you, but I have complete faith that you will make an excellent nurse. I'm a CNA working to become a COTA. Maybe someday I'll be an OT, maybe I'll get back into tap dancing and take it on the road but that is my decision and I'm the one who will live it and being a nurse is your honorable decision.
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    I think by OT he meant Occupational Therapist.
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    Ugh I've been asked that a few times and it's always very annoying. What's even more annoying is lately I kind of wish I HAD gone to med school. Oh well.
    madglee likes this.
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    "The inevitable question", haha. I think it is largely due to the obvious fact that nursing is predominantly a female occupied industry. Many people can not wrap their heads around men beings nurses. The nurse/doctor dichotomy in many people's minds is a female/male dichotomy. It is all ignorance. Men bring something unique to the profession. I am glad that more men are entering into nursing schools and are kicking ass! I am soon to be one of those men.

    On a more personal note, I have never been asked that question. When I was in college during my undergrad I wanted to become a doctor but then reality settled upon me that all the years of schooling coupled with the stress would have been more than I could have handled. Furthermore, I am going to be honest and say that I don't have the kind of intelligence to be a doctor (Now don't jump on me for making this statement, I in no way am saying that nurses are intellectually inferior to doctors. What I am saying is that it takes a certain kind of intelligence and cognitive functioning. Some doctors don't have the cognitive abilities to think as nurses). In the beginning I was resistant to the idea of being a nurse due to how I thought people would perceive me, but then I grew a pair and realized that I am an individual and don't have to comply with social, or in this case professional, norms.

    When I tell people I am becoming a nurse they always give me a positive response, both men and women.
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    I have only worked with a handful of male nurses, but seriously it's so refreshing! The few I have worked with are knowledgeable, friendly, willing to help, and the best part is they are drama free!
    on eagles wings and Tinman1017 like this.
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    My A&PII teacher asked why I wanted to become a nurse, since I was so intrigued by disecting and learning about the organs of a mink in great detail. She thought I was too inquisitive to be a nurse. She urged me to change my career path to medicine. Yesterday, while getting a pt off the commode, he asked what a muscular guy was doing working with a bunch of women in a hospital. "*******it son, shouldn't you be playing for the bears!" LOL!
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    I am the product of two doctors and I get that question more than most and I have concluded the multiple reasons to why I wouldn't go in to medicine right now, yet dentistry....maaayybeeee
    1) I hate health insurance companies why would I want to fight to charge someone 250$ and get paid 6$.
    2) I would hate having the inability to move...sorry, but going through credentialing especially at a hospital level and taking over six months really doesn't tell me it worth it
    3) Even janitors wear white coats.
    4) I can make just as much with less over head, insurance risk, or hours worked as a NP...work smart not hard
    5) Politics is fun, yet when it messes with my money I go to the mattresses
    6) 27 years of school
    7) 270,000 loans
    8) 27 was six years ago for me
    9) Having a new nurse wake me up for a potassium level of 3.4999999999999 at 2 am and Im not on call (i used to answer these calls when I was a kid because I HAD to have a phone in my room, ripped the ringer out by junior year).
    10) sorry its not easy to just one day say "hey I want to go from Internal medicine to Oncology" as it is in Nursing


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