Aspiring Nurses: Why not Med School?? - page 10

Many of the courses required for Nursing Schools and Medical Schools are the same, as many of you are aware. What made you choose the Nursing route over the MD? They are both challenging and... Read More

  1. by   natthomas
    Quote from snoflake929
    I wish I could have gone to medical school. And became a psychiatrist. But I'm not smart enough. Thats just my honest opinion.

    It's a long hard road for MDs.

    Don't ever think you can't accomplish your dreams. I myself have regrets of not pursing med school but after years deciding to go back with kids now I applied to nursing school. I just think for me nursing school is the second best thing to being a doctor. I just hope that I don't get sick of school because I want to pursue a masters. By the way I am approaching 30. Good Luck with any journey you choose.:spin::spin::spin:
  2. by   godsweet
    When I was a little kid, I did thought about being a doctor when I grow up. Now, I am almost 24 years old, and start going to nursing school this fall. I don't want to spend half of my life in medical school to become a doctor. I don't think my brain will not be able to make it and it is too stressful:trout:. I think being a nurse will be best for me to start my career in next few years.

    God bless!!:angel2:
  3. by   teiladay
    Quote from loricatus
    And, I think that the chemical engineer or physicist that you mention would fall flat on their face trying to take the NCLEX [in addition to the biology/organic section of the MCAT]-NCLEX is way harder than the MCAT. The only thing hard about the MCAT is the reading speed you need to have to complete the passages and answer the related questions in the time limit for the section. The closest MCAT comes to critical thinking is the essay portion where you have to have to develop a thesis-antithesis argument.

    As I said earlier, the pre-medical school degree was easy. College physics and organic chem were simple because they are cut & dry. If you understand the basic principle behind the topic and memorize some set of formulas/rules to apply to a particular problem, you don't need to go further. Nursing, on the other hand, played havoc with the high GPA I brought into nursing school. I had to fight/work hard for my grades in nursing school. With my first degree, it was effortless to walk away with an A. So, the 'RIGOR of training' for nursing school was much more than it was for medical school. It all boils down to what comes easy for an individual. What is hard for one, may just be easy for another. Nursing appears to be more physically and emotionally demanding to medicine, where medicine is more time and mentally demanding to nursing-professions that are really uncomaparable to each other.
    I just saw this... and, well.. I was honestly stuck between laughing and wondering if you truly believe that its easier for * most people * to complete the pre-med curriculum or simply the prerequisites for med school than complete the pre-reqs to get into virtually any nursing school in the U.S.

    Your *typical* nursing student hopeful is struggling to get/keep a "B" in General Chemistry and doesn't have the math background to even TAKE calculus (which, by the way is realistically a basic requirement for med schools here in the U.S., as is a 3.5 GPA in math + science courses to be competitive to even get INTO med school).

    .. Furthermore the NCLEX isn't an "entry" exam. The MCAT (med school) and LSAT (law) are. Pass the NCLEX and you're good to go! Get a luke warm score on the MCAT or LSAT and you've just shut yourself out of most of the respective schools... even with a 3.5 GPA!

    You say that a pre-med degree is easy. Well, for MOST people, at MOST * reputable * colleges and or universities... the pre-med degree isn't "easy".

    Let me put it to you this way. Take 10 pre-med majors with a 3.5 GPA take the courses that are GENERALLY required for nursing school and it would likely be easy to them.

    then...

    Take 10 random chosen, pre-nursing and or AS degree'd RNs, and have them take Physics (with lab), at least 1 semester of Calculus, Organic Chem I and II (with labs), Chem with Qualitative Analysis (with lab) and maintain a 3.5 GPA in those courses.. (((chuckle))) how many would Pass all of those classes first take? Out of those that pass, how many would have maintained a 3.5 GPA

    The nursing field is awesome! I really like how its getting more in depth/technical.. but for heavens sakes, most college educated and reasonable thinking individuals can readily gather that pre-med at MOST schools in our great nation is a tougher curriculum than virtually ALL pre-nursing programs in the U.S.

    Plain Fact. My Reference? Look at virtually every college & university "course requirement" book here in the U.S.

    Please email me curriculums from a regional or national universities that proves *generally* otherwise and I'll eat my shoe.

    Isn't the NCLEX pass rate typically over 80%?

    Hmmm... interesting how ? 80% of students ? at most universities in the U.S. don't qualify to even TAKE calculus and or organic chemistry without going back and taking several pre-req math courses, just so they can get up to speed to be able to get organic chemistry, physics, calculus, etc.. even on their schedule!

    The nursing profession is needed, and highly regarded, however lets keep things into perspective shall we?
  4. by   nurz2be
    Quote from muurman
    Many of the courses required for Nursing
    Schools and Medical Schools are the same, as many of you are aware. What made you choose the Nursing route over the MD? They are both challenging and require lots of commitment, but MD gets more prestige. So why Nursing? Enlighten me!
    Doctors may get "Prestige" but nurses are ABSOLUTELY the backbone of the medical community. I want to become a nurse because I want to be with patients, to help them and their families either heal or help them deal with whatever medically they have to. Nurses are the TRUE silent heroes, if you ask me. And you did, so. (insert smile)

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