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by confusedstudent_88

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Hello everyone- I am having a slight issue. I was just admitted to nursing school but I feel like I want to be a doctor. I have had this nagging for some time and I finally have the courage to go for it. Do I continue on my... Read More


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    "Do I get my nursing degree and have a guaranteed job while working towards a med degree"Please read more threads here. There is no "guarantee" in nursing anymore.
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    You sound like you've already made up your mind, but I will add my 0.02 worth since I am here

    If you are not absolutely committed to being a nurse, then don't take the spot of someone who is. Nursing school is no easy path to anything and you are most certainly not guaranteed a job on graduation (or any other time for that matter). While many areas of nursing are more "medical" models than others, there still is a different focus to each.

    At your age, I would get into a premed track, take lots of biology, chem, physics, etc. Focus on the hard sciences and work toward taking the MCAT. If there is a fairly young doctor you can talk with about the things you should look toward and can give you some ideas about how medicine is changing, you might have clearer focus.

    There are hoops to jump through and problems that plague any profession, but if you want to be a doctor, then why would you do anything else? I was in school with a young woman who really wanted to be an archeologist, but thought she could be a nurse first to fund her true passion. She flunked out during her second clinical rotation.

    This dilemma is like saying you really want salmon for dinner, but the steak is on sale so you get it instead. It fills the belly, but is not really what you wanted.

    Life is way too short! Go after what you really want!
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    Quote from roser13
    "Do I get my nursing degree and have a guaranteed job while working towards a med degree"Please read more threads here. There is no "guarantee" in nursing anymore.
    I planned on moving to where nurses actually do have a guaranteed job. I've been on the site for awhile now. Where I'm moving the unemployment rate is 4% I've done my research thanks
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    Thanks everyone for the feedback!!
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    You're a psych major.

    Have you actually taken any hard science or math classes yet?

    The pre-reqs that you might have taken for nursing school won't be the same as the pre-reqs for medical school and the pre-reqs for medical school will probably be harder than most of your psych classes.

    From a very pragmatic view point: if you choose medical school, you're going to go up against undergrads who have degrees in biochem, human biology, etc. Psych is generally considered an "easy" degree. So you're going to have to do really well in your pre-reqs. How are your Physics II skills?

    re nursing, your undergrad degree probably covers more pre-reqs for nursing school than med school. But, as several other posters have pointed out, it's just as hard to get into nursing school these days, too.

    *Wanting* to be something - even shadowing, interviewing, etc. - is totally different from actually being able to pass the classes with good grades.
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    Quote from confusedstudent_88
    I planned on moving to where nurses actually do have a guaranteed job. I've been on the site for awhile now. Where I'm moving the unemployment rate is 4% I've done my research thanks
    So you're moving to....Mexico? eh?

    I'm absolutely certain that us new grads would love to know of that place in the US where new grads are guaranteed a job. You could probably make good money by charging various desperate AN new grads for this information.
    threebrats46 and roser13 like this.
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    Quote from dirtyhippiegirl

    So you're moving to....Mexico? eh?

    I'm absolutely certain that us new grads would love to know of that place in the US where new grads are guaranteed a job. You could probably make good money by charging various desperate AN new grads for this information.
    Thanks for the tips. Actually nursing is needed in more of a rural area. This is what I have seen from the many posts on this website!! Many new nurses get degrees and move to Cali or other places where the nursing need is low. Research about an area and call around. Or read the forums on this site for various states
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    Quote from dirtyhippiegirl
    You're a psych major.

    Have you actually taken any hard science or math classes yet?

    The pre-reqs that you might have taken for nursing school won't be the same as the pre-reqs for medical school and the pre-reqs for medical school will probably be harder than most of your psych classes.

    From a very pragmatic view point: if you choose medical school, you're going to go up against undergrads who have degrees in biochem, human biology, etc. Psych is generally considered an "easy" degree. So you're going to have to do really well in your pre-reqs. How are your Physics II skills?

    re nursing, your undergrad degree probably covers more pre-reqs for nursing school than med school. But, as several other posters have pointed out, it's just as hard to get into nursing school these days, too.

    *Wanting* to be something - even shadowing, interviewing, etc. - is totally different from actually being able to pass the classes with good grades.
    And psych was easy!! Lol I had different plans all together when I got that yrs ago but after I got into it hated the lack of contact I could have with patients.
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    Quote from confusedstudent_88
    Hello everyone-

    I am having a slight issue. I was just admitted to nursing school but I feel like I want to be a doctor. I have had this nagging for some time and I finally have the courage to go for it. Do I continue on my path and become a nurse then go back to school for a med degree or do I start taking the prereqs for med school and go from there? I am moving away from my home in Cali to Nebraska for nursing school and figured id go to school there because of the cost of living.

    Do I get my nursing degree and have a guaranteed job while working towards a med degree (more debt) or do I just go for my med degree (less money... but still a ton of money).

    Thanks for your input!
    In this economy, a nursing degree does not equal a guaranteed job. Plus, I imagine it's pretty hard to work while in medical school full-time. Nursing curriculums don't include all the courses required for medical school, so you'd end up having to take physics, biochem, organic chem and whatever else after you graduate with your nursing degree.

    If you want to be a nurse, be a nurse but I definitely would not recommend it as a stepping stone to becoming a doctor. Why spend all that time and money on a degree you're not going to end up using?
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    Im In NY and so many new grads can't find jobs. I have friends in Cali and same story. One I know moved to Texas for work.
    It's not easy anymore! I would not be an RN unless your heart is into it,you will burn out quick, It's so different from being an MD.


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