Hi there---patience with us, please.....some of us were at work or asleep when you posted . And, your second post (timestamped 1:30 a.m.), caught many of us doing the same. Good luck to you in your education endeavors. As to your question---a nurse practitioner is a good route to go. However, I don't recommend doing so without experience at the bedside for at least 5 years (there may be many on this forum who disagree, but experience DOES make a difference in so many ways). As to how doctors perceive NPs, a lot depends on the individual NP--how one presents oneself for instance--and the MD--is this MD always a jerk or just a jerk when dealing with anyone who has the label "nurse". As to a master's vs doctorate--some NP programs are converting to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and there are rumors that eventually all NP's will have to have a doctorate. By the time you are ready, that may be the only option. A master's prepared NP can be just as "good", if you will, as a doctorally prepared. It's all in the individual. A degree does not necessarily mean common sense, critical thinking (a HUGE need in an individual who is delivering quality health care), the ability to treat people respectfully, etc.. All are requirements, imo, to be good at the delivery of care. And, don't let the ignorance of folks regarding males in nursing keep you from pursuing that career, if that is what you really want to do. Some of the first nurses in history--the Knights Templar--- were male, and anyone who still has the archaic notion that nursing is a profession only for women needs some kind and respectful redirection
. Anyway--don't know if I've helped any, and feel free to pm me if you want. Happy learning!