More frustration as an MD or an NP? - page 2

by sapphire18 Guide

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I am on the fence right now as to whether I am going to pursue medical school or going for my masters (acute care NP) in nursing. I have always been an over-acheiver: graduated 4th in my high school class, started college... Read More


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    Quote from sapphire18
    Ehh, I knew this would be the point that had to be elaborated on in my post. I have been on that student doctors forum recently and have seen how they view nurses, NPs, and CRNAs. And it's not in a good light. I'd rather not have to deal with that adversity for my whole career. That's all.
    Please do NOT base your opinions on the relationships between healthcare providers from the ridiculous talk on SDN! That website is nothing like reality. I have clinical on a floor with lots of RNs, doctors, and NPs who work together. There have been no issues. Seriously, the talk on SDN is pretty much hysteria with little basis in reality.
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    Quote from studentdrtobe
    26 is pretty young. Suck it up and go the MD route -- it offers the highest level of training in whatever field you end up in, hands down. The average age of matriculation in med school is a little over 24, so you won't really be that much older than your classmates and chances are that they'll be quite a few people older than you (we had many > 30 years old in my class).
    meh. I decided at 23 to become a NP instead of pursuing MD. There are reasons to pursue advanced practice nursing (as opposed to medicine) other than age. Some people want to become healthcare providers and don't want to do the physician path - and that's okay. It's not for everyone. Just like being a NP is not for everyone.
    Last edit by myelin on Sep 27, '12
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    Quote from sapphire18
    I've always been of the opinion that I want to avoid the DNP route. Simply because, while I have been viewed as a gifted writer in school, I hate it. I don't want to do a thesis. That's it. If that's lazy, so be it. I love the clinical, hands-on stuff that MDs get in residency.
    I know someone who had to write a thesis for her MSN. Presumably, for PhD in nursing, you'll have to write a dissertation. Likewise for a DNP, though it might be practice oriented. Your mileage may vary, depending on the program.

    Have you considered being a physician's assistant? It's a quicker path to working, and you probably already have the pre-reqs done. If you have the grades, dedication, and time, then go for an MD or DO degree. Just be aware of the issues involved in pursing a career as an MD.
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    I can personally say that I started out in nursing. Have my BSN RN and I am now finishing my postbac certificate to get ready for med school. I thought about med school since I was a junior in nursing school. I worked for a year in a hospital and decided that a career in medicine is more suited for me. I have such a thirst for medical knowledge. That worked out great for me, it will take a little longer, but I made sure it was what I wanted to do and I can make some money before medical school instead of the typical broke premed student lol.

    My biggest piece of advice is, don't listen to the people that say you have to make up your mind and do one or the other. That is garbage and they have no clue what they are talking about. Medical schools look favor upon postbac people and I have a lot of support from the school I am at. They have said that makes you a unique canidate and have said how far ahead my clinical and communication skills will be compared to other incoming medical students. If it were me I would stay in the nursing route and see how you feel. No need to rush the decision. Btw I am 25 and as someone else said, the average matriculation age for medical school is 25-35yrs of age. Do not get frushtrated, enjoy the journey and be patient, you will find out what you want/meant to do over time. Good luck and hope this helps!


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