Quote from nursemike?
Another poster suggested this thread: Did you (or do you) want to be a doctor?
I never did, but since I've been in nursing school, I've begun to think if I were younger, I would think hard about it. I prefer the nursing model in many ways, but noticed in careplanning that I found it tough to focus on nursing diagnoses and not get all caught up in the medical ones. Of course, there was a time when a nurse was just about the last thing I could imagine myself being, so I'm learning to never say never.
I do think nursing might be just about ideal for pre-med. A lot of docs could probably profit from seeing the other side.
I originally wanted to do the pre-med route while I was taking my pre-reqs for the BSN program I'm in now. I never saw myself as a nurse but I felt it was a great way to be involved in healthcare and was practical, since many who apply to med school don't get accepted and have nothing to fall back on but a Biology degree (I would never want to be a lab tech).
I am still doing my pre-med on the side and will take the MCAT and apply about two or three years after graduation (that will give me time to pay off my school loans and take the rest of my pre-med courses at a easier pace).
If I don't get in, oh well--at least I tried. I could still probably get into a D.O. (osteopathic doctor) school and become a doctor that way or do the CRNA (nurse anesthetist) thing.
Doing your premed will give you more options. I recommend you do the pre-med, take the MCAT and see how you do. If the scores and grades are decent enough, apply. Aways keep your options open.
Nothing wrong with being a nurse, but if that isn't truly what you want to do, then move on. There will always be people out their that are called to nursing. Don't feel like you have to stay with it just because there is a shortage, or because they need more men. You will get alot of crap from other nurses once they find out you want to leave the profession to go into medicine, the profession that they feel has perpetuated their low public status as female handmaidens, but you have to do what is right for you. I think nursing is a great stepping stone for med school, although it is also a career track in itself.
I remember my community college counselor once asked me, " If you were independently wealthy and never had to work , what would you want to do for the rest of your life?" I didn't have an answer at the time. As I continue with my studies, and reflect on my own experiences and desire to always learn and be challenged, the more and more I find medicine fitting the bill.
If there is a will, there is a way!