I am a nursing student who had been looking forward to a career in medicine -- although the postings I have read so far are discouraging. As of now, I plan to become a Family Nurse Practitioner after I gain one year experience as a RN. My sister is currently a RN, and is trying to talk me into medical school. I have always wanted to be a doctor, but I also want time for a family, which is why I thought NP would be a good alternative.
My questions to you:
Is a NP a good alternative to Physician, or should I go for the MD?
Is the pay and less "crap" MD's have to put up with worth the extra schooling? -- do MD's actually put up w/less "crap"?
What are the salary ranges of these professions? How about entry level?
What are the pros and cons of these different professions?
What is the likelihood of getting into a NP program w/1 yr exp?
Any other comments you have regarding MD vs. NP careers would be great!
Thanks to everyone for your thoughtful responses.
Last edit by fergus51 on Dec 10, '01
Jul 5, '02
I am currently in a Family Nurse Practitioner program with an anticipated graduation date of Aug 03, 2002. I don't know what kind of program the other students went to in the above post, where they claim to not have gotten any clinical hours. We get plenty of clinical hours in our program. I am in clinical 4 days a week at present. In addition, our instructors come to our clinical site at least twice each semester to check us off on our H & P skills...You better know it!!!
Last edit by Level2Trauma on Jul 5, '02