Male Chiropractor considering nursing...advice please :) - page 5

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Hello All, I am a 31 year old Chiropractor looking into nursing as a possibility. I'm researching going to an accelerated 1 year BSN program for 2nd degree non-nursing majors. I have all pre-reqs from prior education. I'm... Read More


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    Can one of the chiro's on here clarify salary figures?
    Why choose to go for RN after chiro if the median salary is basically 150k+ a year, granted it may take substantial investment to start up a practice and than referral network, but year after year avg is 150k why go for RN to make 60-100k theoretically, NJ as my base state for above figures.
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    Quote from RoyalPrince
    Can one of the chiro's on here clarify salary figures?
    Why choose to go for RN after chiro if the median salary is basically 150k+ a year, granted it may take substantial investment to start up a practice and than referral network, but year after year avg is 150k why go for RN to make 60-100k theoretically, NJ as my base state for above figures.
    Hi!

    The only job opportunities available to chiropractors at this time is private practice, which requires one to build his/her business. This is becoming increasingly harder to do, due to stagnant utilization rates of chiropractic care while the number of chiropractors continue to grow exponentially. Increasing cuts to the reimbursement of chiropractic services by health insurance companies limit people's accessibility to chiropractic care and further exacerbate the situation. Finally, the scope of practice can be quite limiting, considering what we are taught.

    Nursing offers the opportunity to branch off into a seemingly infinite number of possibilities in healthcare with a much smaller investment of time and money into schooling than required for chiropractic. A consistent paycheck is also a nice plus.

    Where I am, the average salary for a chiropractor is about $53K; about $10K less than a nurse's average salary and about $3K below the average of all occupations combined.
    Last edit by Ashke on Aug 12, '12
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    Chiro associate position will pay anywhere in the range of 75K-90K, at least in NYC. Private practice will bring in about 150K and up, but takes time, upfront money and lots of patience. Many chiros simply don't know how to start or run a practice and end up getting fed up with the profession and look elsewhere. All those "fastest growing profession" claims we were all fed in chiro school are BS, plain and simple. The AMA is as strong as ever, PT's are manipulating more and more and insurances are constantly hitting below the belt with new limitations on treatment and reduced reimbursements.

    The reason to go to med school or the BSN/NP or PA route is to give yourself some stability. BSN coupled with a DC opens up so many doors in the administrative field. NP with a DC makes you invaluable as a PCP or as an ortho/neuro specialist. The possibilities are endless. DC's going for other degrees shouldn't look at it as if they're abandoning their profession, but as if they're enhancing their earning potential and possible career advancement.

    BTW, I can still have a practice and make my 80-90K after I pay an associate, and add my RN salary or my NP/MSN salary.
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    Quote from chirodoc
    Chiro associate position will pay anywhere in the range of 75K-90K, at least in NYC. Private practice will bring in about 150K and up, but takes time, upfront money and lots of patience. Many chiros simply don't know how to start or run a practice and end up getting fed up with the profession and look elsewhere. All those "fastest growing profession" claims we were all fed in chiro school are BS, plain and simple
    Well it is probably the 'fastest growing profession' but what they fail to tell you is that it is growing in terms of the number of professionals being pumped out by the schools; in terms of the number of opportunities for said professionals, it is stagnant at best -- shrinking is more closer to the truth.

    I second the comment that an RN designation compliments the chiropractic background and need not be seen as a replacement.

    Is that $75-$90K range based on a percentage split or as a base salary?
    Last edit by Ashke on Aug 13, '12
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    I have been practicing Chiropractic in South Florida for the past 25 years as an associate doctor. My annual salary has ranged from 40-60K Last year I made 56K. I was recently laid off and am considering going into nursing for several reasons which have all been covered in previous posts here. I'm 51 years old and the physical nature of Chiropractic is having a toll on my elbows, wrists and shoulders. I think nursing provides many more employment opportunities and ability to expand and advance. I'm looking into the nursing programs here in Miami and will need to take a few classes in anatomy before being eligible for the nursing program. They won't accept some of my credits because they are more than 10 years old. The ASN program will take 16 months full time. There is an accellerated program which can be completed in one year, but the location of that program is not convenient. I am also looking into BSN programs. The problem is how to swing paying for school and "life" with no income while going to school full time. I just have a gut feeling that this would be a good move and investment in my future. I will always be a Chiropractor and believe strongly in the philosophy, but I guess i'm a bit burned out after all these years and really feeling like I need a change.
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    Base salary. At least that's what a normal practice pays an associate. There are ofcourse slave drivers that work a doc into the ground for 50K and expect them to be grateful. Its sad that 8 years of education earns less than some high school graduates.
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    Hi yall, I practiced chiro for five years before going back to nursing school. Im in a direct entry MSN program...the first phase gets you the RN and then you complete the MSN online. The main advice I would give chiros interested in this path is this: do not focus on the end goal of having an np...integrating practice etc at first. Nursing requires a very different thought process (some might say its truely more holistic in thought than chiropractic...) that will be a major shift for you. Embrace it...and look towards gaining experience in nursing at the RN level. Let those experiences direct your career path and your next steps. Although Im a bit stressy as I watch my savings go down while im in school, I think this has been one of the best decisions of my life. Mostly because nursing is universal and you truely feel like your options are limitless with enough work experience and direction.
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    I would like to hear either from Dcs that have gone into nursing or nurses that have gone into chiropractic. I am a chiro considering the RN route. However, what I have read in this thread or Dcs that went into nursing has been all positive. Is there anyone that nada different experience or can share the con of becoming a nurse? Also, if the chiros out there could share the steps they took to get into nursing school and then secure a job position would be much appreciated. I have heard that jobs are becoming hard to come by for new grads.
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    I would like to hear either from Dcs that have gone into nursing or nurses that have gone into chiropractic. I am a chiro considering the RN route. However, what I have read in this thread or Dcs that went into nursing has been all positive. Is there anyone that had a different experience or can share the con of becoming a nurse? Also, if the chiros out there could share the steps they took to get into nursing school and then secure a job position would be much appreciated. I have heard that jobs are becoming hard to come by for new grads.
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    I am a DCRN and now in my MSN-FNP program. Couldn't be happier. Blending the two is no problem and quite an advantage all around.


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