Changing from ICU nurse to a doctor? - page 2

by DelaneysMum 7,228 Views | 14 Comments

Hi, My husband is American and we are leaving Australia to live in the USA. I am an Intensive Care Nurse with a post graduate degree and are looking to change career to do medicine. If you're a nurse in Australia, you only... Read More


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    Quote from DelaneysMum
    Actually, if you are accepted into medicine in Australia, you can get a years Credit, if you have post graduate and masters degree's as I do. I have already looked into it.
    Please post the link to the university website that states this - I have also looked into it and have found nothing similar so I'd be interested.
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    I have never known an RN to became an MD/DO. I knew one very bright young RN who wanted to go this route and started to take the pre req courses and found it nearly impossible to work around. The nursing science courses are the same ones that the pre meds take. I know...I took both when I went back to school for my BSN. I remember the nursing organic chemistry where you circled the water molecule and slammed the alcohol into the acid and got an ether. In the pre medical level course you learned how the electrons flow and why to make one of several products. My nursing chemistry was two full semester...and the pre med chemistry was two full years and one semester. Anyhow...this poor kid just couldn't work full time AND take very difficult pre reqs...so he's now a cardiac NP with a better schedule than the docs without the huge student loans he would have needed for med school....and almost doing the same job as the docs. I know I trusted my seasoned NPs just as much as I did the attendings. It was those residents in July I had to look out for....

    Perhaps investigate the NP route

    Best to you,
    Mrs H.
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    Quote from HazelLPN
    I have never known an RN to became an MD/DO.
    I've known several, including my father over 60 years ago and a resident I encountered just earlier this year. It's not all that uncommon.
    HazelLPN, Altra, and chare like this.
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    No, it's not. I know plenty of RNs who've gone to medical school. Point is, they didn't expect - or get - credit or recognition of prior learning for being an RN. Everyone comes in from scratch. The reality is - being a doctor is nothing like being a nurse. & in Australia, the pre-reqs required for medicine (bio, chem, physics) are a) not compulsory, simply expected and b) not required for nursing.
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    That's good to know. I personally have never seen it...but glad to hear that it does in fact happen. I should have said in my post that the nursing science courses are NOT the same as the pre meds..either a typo or a senior moment.

    Wow, a male nurse 60 years ago. He was a trail blazer in more ways than one. My cap is off to him.

    Best to you,
    Mrs H.


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