MD OR RN

  1. Hi everyone!
    I know this may not be the topic most people like to talk about but I’m just reaching out for some help. I’m currently in a BSN program and only have 4 terms left, I went into nursing because I was drawn to it while I was a corpsman in the navy. But on the other hand I have always had a lurking want to become a doctor. The one big thing that has kept me from doing it is time it takes and the fact that I want a family soonish. I am 23 and married. My husband also wants kids soon and I know that wouldn’t be easy in medical school. I’m am so torn though, being in nursing school hasn’t taken away the desire to try medicine so now I’m wondering if I should drop out and finish my med school pre reqs. Or stick it out since I only have a year and a half left (our bsn program goes over summer as well) and then see if I want to attend medical School, we also have a decent amount of debt so that is another thing I’m worried about when it comes to attending medical school since my husband won’t be graduating for two and a half years. If I finished my BSN I could have income while finishing pre reqs. Any experiences or advice is greatly appreciated.
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  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   Sour Lemon
    You speak as if you've already been accepted to medical school and simply have to decide what you'd like to do. Visit student doctor network and get a realistic idea of what your chances might be.
  4. by   Easlyn12
    I looked and I think I have a decent chance I have a 4.0 science and a 3.8 cumulative. I have military background in the medical field and am joining a research team ina couple weeks
  5. by   Atl-Murse
    What do you think ?
  6. by   Sour Lemon
    Quote from Easlyn12
    I looked and I think I have a decent chance I have a 4.0 science and a 3.8 cumulative. I have military background in the medical field and am joining a research team ina couple weeks
    I honestly don't know what they look for, but I think MCAT is big. SDN actually has a "What are my Chances" forum.
  7. by   caliotter3
    I would complete the BSN and obtain the license as your fallback in case med school does not pan out.
  8. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from Easlyn12
    I looked and I think I have a decent chance I have a 4.0 science and a 3.8 cumulative. I have military background in the medical field and am joining a research team ina couple weeks
    If you can nail the MCAT and keep your GPA that high, you are likely a strong contender. My husband has a military background (Army medic) and was accepted at two schools — and hey, it only takes one! Schools love to see the military experience. I can't tell you which to choose, but it sounds like it could be in reach, assuming a good MCAT score and if you don't seem like a serial killer at your interview (they are really looking for humans who can communicate and have empathy, not cold or awkward science types).
  9. by   elkpark
    I work in a large academic medical center and most of the residents in my specialty area have small children at home. Lots of people are having kids and going through medical school and residency (these are v. capable, focused, high-functioning people, needless to say. I'm sure lots of people wouldn't be able to do it, or wouldn't want to).
  10. by   Been there,done that
    We are nurses, not academic advisors. This is a life changing decision. Consult the experts.

    Best wishes with you endeavors.
  11. by   Pixie.RN
    Quote from elkpark
    I work in a large academic medical center and most of the residents in my specialty area have small children at home. Lots of people are having kids and going through medical school and residency (these are v. capable, focused, high-functioning people, needless to say. I'm sure lots of people wouldn't be able to do it, or wouldn't want to).
    This is very true! One of my husband's classmates had a baby (I think her third?) during the winter break. She and her husband manage to make it work, but I'm sure it's difficult. We just had our first baby during my husband's summer break, and he manages to find time to spend with her (and me) despite the incredible amount of information he has to take in on a daily basis. It can be done! But I am an old first-time mom, and you have plenty of time at 23.

    If you stopped the BSN direction, what would be your major instead? Biology?
  12. by   Easlyn12
    Quote from Pixie.RN
    This is very true! One of my husband's classmates had a baby (I think her third?) during the winter break. She and her husband manage to make it work, but I'm sure it's difficult. We just had our first baby during my husband's summer break, and he manages to find time to spend with her (and me) despite the incredible amount of information he has to take in on a daily basis. It can be done! But I am an old first-time mom, and you have plenty of time at 23.

    If you stopped the BSN direction, what would be your major instead? Biology?


    Yes I would complete a biology degree.
  13. by   umbdude
    If you have an itch to go into medicine and you're only 23, it's probably best to go for it now. Going through a BSN takes too much extra time and money.
  14. by   Easlyn12
    Thank you all for your help!

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