Quote from bendyprissy
It seems like a step down to me. Not trying to dis RN's as I am one.
As a former pharmacy student, there are many times I do regret leaving the field (was in 2nd year), especially when I read candid
replies from actual nurses who see themselves as the bottom of the healthcare chain. Someone mentioned earlier about the debt pharmacists incur being commensurable with the over six-figure debt. While pharmacists make more money than regular RNs/BSNs, the very high salary is just not the same anymore with a lot more pharmacists and the economy.
Like the OP, I very much wanted to be a clinical pharmacist but it was becoming more difficult realize given my subpar grades. Also, I did not like to memorize drugs. Unlike the OP, I doubt very much I'd consider leaving clinical pharmacy for nursing because there is less physical work and like someone mentioned earlier, it is more intellectual. But one still has to work with supposed colleagues with inflated egos... those who eschew patients' well-being because they want to be in command. Given the OP, I guess every job has their ups and downs, however clichéd.
While I consider PA, DNP (though I'd have to work my way up) and PhD in science, I continue to research the nursing career because as mentioned on this forum or elsewhere, there are responsibilities. My life situation dictates that I carefully monitor my debt level. Also, the length of the school is a factor. As a clinical pharmacist, I'm sure if you decided to go the nursing route, you could land an administrative position somewhere.
Also, while the job market is tough, the notion that there is zero job is a bit of an exaggeration. Consider my cousin who graduated last May from a BSN program with honors and subsequently passed her boards (NCLEX) on the first try. She is now commending a good salary and already is making plans for the DNP degree and she was about 22 years old. I think she finds the job a little boring though.
Finally, I'm just not sure if I will eventually study nursing. And if I had to do it again, I most likely would stay in pharmacy (NOT RETAIL
) carefully carving a niche for myself. I actually like calculating pH, learning about the cytochrome p450s that break down drugs, the pathways of drugs in biotransformation in medicial chemistry, the pharmacology and so on. Still, there are many overlaps with all healthcare profession so I should be good either way and I can still continue to learn the above mentioned for my professional maturation. The one difference I found with physiology in pharmacy is that we actually go deeper into how calcium works at the molecular level and must therefore learn second messengers.I can go on... but I'm trying to move on from my bad experience overall.
So OP stay in clinical pharmacy if you can... or try to become a DNP (medical school might be too costly and time consuming). I, personally, hardly considered medical school. I hope you find peace in your decision.