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Any nurses wished they had become doctors?

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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Any nurses wished they had gone to medical school and developed their skills further? I am torn because I feel like the quality of life of a doctor is just too poor to be worth the rewards of accumulating more medical knowledge. I also feel like nurses that want to excel can do so on their own. 

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HiddenAngels has 7 years experience.

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I still vacillate back and forth, but more on the no side nowadays.  Believe it or not I actually wish I would have become a math teacher.

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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On 4/29/2020 at 6:59 PM, Mindy834920 said:

Any nurses wished they had gone to medical school... ?

I telephoned my Mom back in 1979 to tell her that I had passed my EMT certification. She was very pleased and said, "Dave, you should become a Doctor!"

I thought about it.

For about five seconds.

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I thought about a few seconds. The thought of being a resident for years made me just sit back and appreciate being a nurse so much more.

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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5 minutes ago, NurseBlaq said:

I thought about a few seconds. 

We gave the thought ample time for consideration, eh NurseBlaq?

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Sounds about right. 😉

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Tegridy specializes in Former NP now Internal medicine PGY-1.

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If you want to be a nurse go to nursing school. If you want to be a doctor go to medical school. Different jobs with different roles. Nursing isn’t really a stepping stone to become a doctor. Different career. 
 

There is probably more QOL difference between medical specialties than there is between medicine in general and nursing. Want spare time? ER I'm FM, psych, peds. Want to work your butt off. Gen Surg, ortho, trauma, Neuro, some I'm sub specialties. you can always work less and make less also. A lot of ER docs work three days a week.  

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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DD & NurseBlaq - I'm joining you 2!

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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12 hours ago, Tegridy said:

If you want to be a nurse go to nursing school. If you want to be a doctor go to medical school.

Gee, thanks for the directions, Tegridy!

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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11 hours ago, amoLucia said:

DD & NurseBlaq - I'm joining you 2!

amoLucia, welcome to "The Five Second Rule Club"!

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Tegridy specializes in Former NP now Internal medicine PGY-1.

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2 hours ago, Davey Do said:

Gee, thanks for the directions, Tegridy!

Haha I know. I think the OP may have it in her mind that nursing is a step to medical school which seems prevalent in those not acquainted with healthcare. 

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amoLucia specializes in LTC.

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6 hours ago, Davey Do said:

amoLucia, welcome to "The Five Second Rule Club"!

That's also about how long I had once considered SCHOOL nsg. I have the utmost R E S P E C T and admiration for those nurses.

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