Aspiring Nurses: Why not Med School?? - page 5

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   msdobson
    Quote from blessed061987
    Muurman,

    I apologize for the rude and VERY insensitive comment made by a premium member. Please know that most everyone on this site is NOT like this. Most of us are very kind and helpful to everyone, and are welcoming to first timers.
    :yeahthat:

    and

  2. by   msdobson
    Quote from multicollinarity
    I took that comment to be a cute and effective use of humor. Just look at Canoehead's signature line. She uses humor. Funny! I would imagine that it could get tiresome to be questioned repeatedly over the years, "Why didn't you go to med school?"
    That wasn't funny, nor was it "cute". And questions such as "I live in [state/country] and I want to move to [state/country], how/where/why...etc.", as well as a multitude of other questions are often asked here (repeatedly). No one tells them to "buzz off."

    Quote from multicollinarity
    It could also hurt nurses' feelings to be asked "Why not med school?"
    The LVN/ADN/BSN wars are in perpetual motion here on AllNurses, as well as other nursing forums. If you are a nurse, and you get your feelings hurt by a simple (and honest) question, then you are in the wrong business.
    Last edit by msdobson on May 29, '07
  3. by   MikeyJ
    Quote from apnea
    what i hate
    what i really REALLY hate
    is all the bad mouthing on both sides
    my pre-med boards talk about nurses like we'll be your boss someday, and nurses talk about doctors like we all think we're gods.
    we have to work together. we have a common goal, we both want to help our patients in whatever way we can. why are we so resentful of eachother?
    I don't think many postings on here have been "resentful". I am sure there are many nurses who have bad encounters with physicians and vice-versa, but for the most part nurses and physicans have a wonderful relationship (from what I've seen anyways).

    And just a quick tip -- physicians typically don't "boss" (manage) nurses. The nurses work for the hospital, not the physician.
  4. by   Multicollinearity
    For the most part - actual nurses seem to have more negative feelings about the question. Perhaps because they have actual experience.

    On the other hand, it's mostly students who think the question is just fine and react strongly to any criticism.

    :spin:
    Last edit by Multicollinearity on May 29, '07
  5. by   msdobson
    Quote from multicollinarity
    For the most part - actual nurses seem to have more negative feelings about the question. Perhaps because they have actual experience.

    On the other hand, it's mostly students who think the question is just fine and react strongly to any criticism.

    :spin:
    You are correct. I'll have to get back to you when I am an "actual" nurse...
  6. by   apnea
    Quote from sistermike
    I don't think many postings on here have been "resentful". I am sure there are many nurses who have bad encounters with physicians and vice-versa, but for the most part nurses and physicans have a wonderful relationship (from what I've seen anyways).

    And just a quick tip -- physicians typically don't "boss" (manage) nurses. The nurses work for the hospital, not the physician.
    ...there have been more than a few. Admittedly, people are more likely to post when they have something to vent about, making it rather unlikely that a nurse will come here just BRIMMING OVER with a story of how great Dr. X was to him/her today, unless they had a rocky past.

    Every hospital i've worked in has had issues with this. Most of the time we all settle into a routine and accept eachother, and it works out quite well. But every time a new doctor (usually) comes on board, they assume the nurses will be resentful and so they put off a bad vibe and completely kill the harmony for at least a few weeks. The dynamic changes anywhere whenever a new element is added, but it's exceptionally noticeable in a setting like this.

    Additionally, a lot of physicians have a hard time remembering that the nurses do NOT, in fact, work for them. my future colleagues are, to a degree, a big bunch of egomaniacs. But a lot of nurses judge doctors unfairly because of a few bad apples.
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from blessed061987

    I apologize for the rude and VERY insensitive comment made by a premium member. Please know that most everyone on this site is NOT like this. Most of us are very kind and helpful to everyone, and are welcoming to first timers. As far as his/her comment, that may true in their case, but not others.


    58 comments and only 2 from the OP.....Hmmmm ..... could this person be a ???? (another rude comment from a premium member)
  8. by   gentle
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    58 comments and only 2 from the OP.....Hmmmm ..... could this person be a ???? (another rude comment from a premium member)

    I don't know Cardiac.

    We'll just have to wait and see. It does appear that the OP has only posted twice on allnurses; however, when my life is quite busy, I don't get back to the internet very often . Sometimes, I am one of those "lurkers" who is just too tired to log in.

    Whatever has happened to our OP, let us all wish him/her the very best with all they do. Okay?
  9. by   msdobson
    Quote from gentle
    I don't know Cardiac.

    We'll just have to wait and see. It does appear that the OP has only posted twice on allnurses; however, when my life is quite busy, I don't get back to the internet very often . Sometimes, I am one of those "lurkers" who is just too tired to log in.

    Whatever has happened to our OP, let us all wish him/her the very best with all they do. Okay?

    :yeahthat: :biere:
  10. by   3rdgenRN2B
    Med school is a huge time commitment. With a husband and a young child I can't imagine going days without seeing them. Plus it is super expensive...

    And as a nurse I feel I'll have more personal contact with my patients...

    My mother has been an RN for 30+ years and she pratically does the doctors jobs for them....

    But it's an interesting question. As a little girl I often said I wanted to be a nurse when I grew up but never had any desire to become a doctor...
  11. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from gentle
    I don't know Cardiac.

    We'll just have to wait and see. It does appear that the OP has only posted twice on allnurses; however, when my life is quite busy, I don't get back to the internet very often . Sometimes, I am one of those "lurkers" who is just too tired to log in.

    So you'd start a controversial topic (bordering on inflammatory) and then bail once you get the expected responses? I don't think so...


    I smell a troll. Don't feed trolls.
  12. by   Mercy83
    Quote from Mercy83
    This question reminds me of the problem that many LPN's have in nursing. They deal with people constantly asking them why they didn't become RN's. I've also dealt with this and I'm still in nursing school. Quite honestly it is demeaning. But a lot of the reason people ask the question is because they have a lack of information. Few people outside of the healthcare industry actually know what nurses and doctors do. They have no idea that our focuses and goals are seperate and unique. People don't see that. They think of nurses as doctor's assistants instead of unique and integral necessities to healthcare. Doctors are definatley a huge piece of pt. care. But think about what life .....and health care would be like without nurses and the wholistic approach. Food for thought.


    As I mentioned in my previous post, a lot of the problem is just ignorance about what each profession encompasses. I'm still in school and every day it amazes me how much information I'm learning in nursing school. Even I, as an aspiring nurse, had absolutely no idea the depth of knowledge that I would be expected to master. My professors, who are all nurses of different educational levels, are some of the most knowledgeable and intelligent human beings I've ever met. And what's more, they have a passion for their craft! Listening to stories about their experinces in Maternity, Oncology, ICU, and a plethora of other areas has ignited a flame of excitement in my entire class. These people are amazing. I want to be a nurse now more than ever.
    Last edit by Mercy83 on May 30, '07
  13. by   Logos
    Troll- no doubt- but to answer the question like so many others- it takes to long to be a doc and I'm to old for that crap now.

close