How Far do you want to go in your Nursing Education?

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    Hey folks, so i thought id get some opinions and viewpoints of people and their educational goals here?

    who wants to go all the way and get their DNP/Ph.D in nursing? My plan is to go all the way.. one step at a time first step for me is to get either my ADN or BSN then Masters then DNP or go BSN to DNP..
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    This sounds really bizarre but if I decide to stick with nursing, I'll just go as far as my RN and just work in multiple units, like a float nurse or something. On the other hand, I would like to go into medicine, so if I end up getting my RN anyway, I'll do that for a while then become a doctor which I am aware are two different fields. I may even skip the RN altogether and go into medicine with another degree (I don't know yet but I doubt it).
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    Currently, I am in an accelerated ADN program since, while EXORBITANTLY expensive, it is easier to get admitted than the local community college with its astronomical requirements and millenia long wait lists. I do plan on doing an ADN-BSN bridge not long after, since it seems that the industry is trending toward preferring BSN RNs. My ultimate goal is an MSN... but who knows if that will happen... I am taking one day at a time.

    Keep in mind that RN and MD are two *very* different levels of education and responsibility, and in my humble opinion, being an RN gives you a mere taste of what it is like to be an MD - a VERY small taste. So if you think you'd prefer to be an MD, I would start looking at your options *now* - it is not cheap, requires many more classes and years of experience, and then you have to fight like hell to get accepted.

    Whichever path you choose only you can decide - and I wish you nothing but the best no matter which you decide! Good luck to you!

    -RD
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    Quote from RainbowDash

    Keep in mind that RN and MD are two *very* different levels of education and responsibility, and in my humble opinion, being an RN gives you a mere taste of what it is like to be an MD - a VERY small taste. So if you think you'd prefer to be an MD, I would start looking at your options *now* - it is not cheap, requires many more classes and years of experience, and then you have to fight like hell to get accepted.

    Whichever path you choose only you can decide - and I wish you nothing but the best no matter which you decide! Good luck to you!

    -RD
    I have to agree that being an MD is different than being an RN. I'm not using it as a stepping stone but it's just something that I want to do. Besides it's just 1 year of 4 different classes (spread out over time of course) that I need for med school. Right now I'm a tech and being a nurse is much more fulfilling but being an MD is much more challenging. I do have my reasons for chosing nursing as my major and then pursuing medecine and since I need a bachelor's anyway for med school why not get it in something that I will actually enjoy doing, especially if I fail to get accepted into med school.

    In the long run doing an accelerated program then a bridge is better than the traditional way because it's shorter. Some people don't get into the regular programs at the times they expect and it sets them back a year or so. Also you only have to take the NCLEX once and that's always a plus. Enjoy the program and good luck.
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    Quote from thenameismac
    I have to agree that being an MD is different than being an RN. I'm not using it as a stepping stone but it's just something that I want to do. Besides it's just 1 year of 4 different classes (spread out over time of course) that I need for med school. Right now I'm a tech and being a nurse is much more fulfilling but being an MD is much more challenging. I do have my reasons for chosing nursing as my major and then pursuing medecine and since I need a bachelor's anyway for med school why not get it in something that I will actually enjoy doing, especially if I fail to get accepted into med school.

    In the long run doing an accelerated program then a bridge is better than the traditional way because it's shorter. Some people don't get into the regular programs at the times they expect and it sets them back a year or so. Also you only have to take the NCLEX once and that's always a plus. Enjoy the program and good luck.
    I was just trying to offer you advice, I promise I wasn't being snarky Whatever YOU want to do is what you SHOULD do! Be an RN, a Teacher, an MD and an Astronaut - the sky is the limit and it's all in your hands!! Good luck!!!!
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    My goal DNP
    I'm a LPN , starting a ADN in January
    Then
    BSN
    MSN
    DNP

    I might be 100, but I'm not stopping
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    Quote from RainbowDash

    I was just trying to offer you advice, I promise I wasn't being snarky Whatever YOU want to do is what you SHOULD do! Be an RN, a Teacher, an MD and an Astronaut - the sky is the limit and it's all in your hands!! Good luck!!!!
    Oh dear! The internet ruined our conversation. Lol. I took what you said at face value. I know you mean well and i really appreciate it. Im sorry if my reply came off as something it isnt...rude? I dont know. No hard feelings on this end.
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    I'm currently working on my ADN. After I graduate I'll start working and will get my RN-BSN at the same time. Then I just plan on working as a floor nurse trying different specialties so I know what I want to do by the time I return to school to get my Masters.
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    Taking prereqs right now to apply to the adn program and then it will be bsn and msn and then to become a Nurse Practitioner
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    I've always wanted to get my masters and possibly become a NP. But for now, I just want to get an RN status and see where it leads me.
    manim1 likes this.


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