Please Help RN to Med School Advice

  1. 0 Hi,
    Ok, I was hoping someone could give me some advice on becoming a registered nurse and then going to medical school but let me give a little background on my personal situation. It's a little long, but I really appreciate it if you read through it. If not, my questions could be found where it read "QUESTION"

    I am a Senior in high school and I take care of my mother who is ill. Her hands do not function as well as they used to but she still does lightweight work at her jobs and she works because we need the money. While she can still manage personal hygiene, i do the things such as cooking, moving large things etc etc. I am there to translate for doctors, to do basically everything she can't because of her health.

    I thought about going to a CalState locally and becoming an RN by earning a bachelor's in nursing first and then applying to med school. I would be able to be by her side and hopefully she would quit her job and I would work as an RN for a few years while we stabilize our finances. Then go on the med school hopefully

    QUESTION
    My questions is the road to RN to Med school difficult? I know that the prereqs for med school don't correlate within nursing but I know it is not impossible. I just wanna know how practical it is. My dream is to be a doctor and help many but nursing for me could be an opportunity to help others earlier while providing financial support for my family.

    Please give me advice, Has anyone out there done this? Advice really appreciated!

    P.S. I'm sorry. I know it was long and I'm sorry if I came across as if I'm doing nursing only for the money or using it as a stepping stone for medical school. In a way I am, but I hope you can understand my reasons why.
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    Joined Dec '13; Posts: 7; Likes: 2.

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  4. Visit  SopranoKris} profile page
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    If your dream is to be a doctor, skip nursing school. Get your undergrad degree in a field that will fulfill all your med school pre-reqs (e.g. Biomedical science, biology, etc.)

    If your mom requires a lot of care, I want you to be realistic about something. Med school (and nursing school) will eat up ALL of your time. I'm not saying it's not do-able, but it is VERY stressful to add caring for an ill relative on top of it.

    There is no realistic way you can work as an RN, financially support your family and still go to med school at the same time.

    So, think long & hard about what appeals to you most. Do you want to be a nurse or a doctor? Because you don't want to say later in life "I wish I would have..."
  5. Visit  loriangel14} profile page
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    Yes, exactly what SopranoKris said.You will not be able to work as an RN while going to med school and caring for your Mom.Even nursing school is very demanding and if you are going to work during school you will have time for little else.Have you also considered wher the money for school is going to come from? Nursing can be expensive and med school is even more so.
  6. Visit  mali_santizo} profile page
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    Hi! How are your grades? I know is a difficult decision to make. You said you translate to the docs? Do you speak other languages? If so. Find Medpep on Facebook. They can give you more advice than me. But definitely It's doable if your mom is not to ill. Best wishes
  7. Visit  futurecaregiver96} profile page
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    Thank you all for your replies!
    @SopranoKris If it is nearly impossible to do nursing and Med school then I think I will become a nurse. After all I want to go into healthcare field for caring for someone and not as a doctor, then a nurse is the next best thing, (no offense to nursing) Leaving my mother unattended and cared for is not an option and thank you for placing this situation in perspective.
    @LoriAngel4 Financial Aid, Grants Scholarships. CalState Bakersfield where I live, offers some great scholarships for nursing. I also planned to work part time as a
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    *part time CNA
  9. Visit  sjalv} profile page
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    Quote from futurecaregiver96
    Thank you all for your replies!
    @SopranoKris If it is nearly impossible to do nursing and Med school then I think I will become a nurse. After all I want to go into healthcare field for caring for someone and not as a doctor, then a nurse is the next best thing, (no offense to nursing) Leaving my mother unattended and cared for is not an option and thank you for placing this situation in perspective.
    @LoriAngel4 Financial Aid, Grants Scholarships. CalState Bakersfield where I live, offers some great scholarships for nursing. I also planned to work part time as a
    Regardless of your "no offense to nursing", what you wrote is offensive to nurses.

    Nursing and medicine are two completely different fields. The two fields use two different models of care in their practice. There's a common misconception that RNs are just people who could not get into med school. RNs rely on MDs and MDs rely on RNs. We could not do our jobs without each other. Becoming an RN opens up MANY doors to various advanced practice careers (Nurse Practitioner, Midwife, Nurse Anesthetist, Teaching, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and more).
  10. Visit  futurecaregiver96} profile page
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    @Mali_santizo
    my grades are good. Top 1%. Nd I rather be safe and take care of my moither through nursing and not risk doing Med school as well.
    Thank you! I appreciate your comment
  11. Visit  futurecaregiver96} profile page
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    @sjalv
    I'm sorry! I really am, it was not my intention to offend nursing. Thank you for pointing out that i have wrong preconceptions about nursing. I'll be sure to do some research and sort them out.
    SoldierNurse22 and Michaela, RN like this.
  12. Visit  DoeRN} profile page
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    Don't go into nursing if deep down you will regret not going to medical school. You will be miserable as a nurse if you go this route.

    Sent from my iPhone using allnurses.com
    SoldierNurse22 likes this.
  13. Visit  loriangel14} profile page
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    You will have to leave your mother unattended and cared for while you are in nursing school as well.
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  14. Visit  futurecaregiver96} profile page
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    @Loriangel14,
    I know. I leave her unattended during high school classes but what can I do?
    Although Nursing School would be local. The good thing is that she works nights and while I am school she is asleep.
  15. Visit  Dranger} profile page
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    This post always creeps up once in a while so I will copy and paste my usual response:

    NO NO NO NO times infinity No lol

    Statistically it is the worst degree path (MCAT and practicality wise) to go straight from nursing to med school and here is why.

    1. Wasting your time, most of the nursing curriculum besides basic basic patho/pharm is not going to apply to medicine at all plus you are taking a seat from someone who wants to be an RN

    2. Your classes don't count, almost none of the pre-nursing classes count for anything when looking at the pre-med curriculum which means your summers will be swamped with pre-med classes

    3. Statically nursing/allied health majors scored on average the lowest on the MCAT even lower than Music, English etc

    5. Resentment, if you tell anyone while in nursing your plans to jump ship you will instantly be ostercised by peers and professors

    6. 99% of people on here saying it is a great pathway to becoming a doc are blowing smoke and have never tried it. It's the most convoluted and difficult of any path in my opinion

    MY ADVICE:

    Best option: Switch majors and go pre-med NOW, pick an easier degree and excel at the pre-reqs

    OK option: Complete nursing degree work a few years then try and gut out the pre-reqs on your own time which is not easy

    Terrible option: Try to do both while in school, your priorities will be in disarray

    ​Been there done that, I took partial pre-med curric in nursing school then more as a nurse while studying for the MCAT. If I had to do it over again I would have just switched majors because this is the least practical path imaginable trust me. I have friends who I went to college with who are already doctors, one a poly sci major and the other history. Nursing is too specialized of a degree and med school admissions officers will be suspicious why you left nursing and will suspect you will ditch medicine as well. Exact words from a ADCOM to me...My pre med GPA is actually pretty good but I have lost years off of my life with work and school while taking hard science classes.
    Madras, coast2coast, SoldierNurse22, and 2 others like this.


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