Published Jan 3, 2013
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I am entering nursing from a rather unusual background: classical musician turned correctional officer, former pre-pharmacy. Once I knew I wanted to work in the health field, I flip-flopped between career paths, from pharmacy to psych to MD/DO, back to pharmacy and finally to nursing. Every previously considered option had its unique set of drawbacks. I am fascinated with pharmacology but fear feeling limited as a pharmacist. Med school with possible specialties in family practice, endocrinology, psychiatry or sports medicine was very appealing, but I am 29, married and we are currently trying to start a family. Once I learned all the possibilities nursing had to offer, it made much more sense to me than anything else. Even though I expect each individual step step in nursing education to be very challenging, there is much more flexibility in when and how I choose to undertake them. I care absolutely nothing about the "prestige factor" of being a MD, believe I can satisfy 100% of my career aspirations as an APRN, and personally find the nursing model of patient care to be closer to my own perspective than the allopathic or osteopathic model. In essence, the more I learn about nursing, the more my now fleeting interest in possibly going the MD or DO route, and the more I am convinced that I have finally found my perfect fit, career wise.
I'm an RN and in the process of trying to get into med school. I have most of the pre reqs done which I equate to either pulling teeth without anesthesia or torture. It was a smack in the face taking o chem and physics when compared to nursing school. The problem is when you graduate nursing school you will need some major gusto to go right into pre med classes. They are hard line science and you also have to factor in that you need to work to live and pay off student loans. This problem is really compounded as a new nurse because you have the crap schedules and you need to take all your pre reqs from a reputable school because admissions councils do look at where you took them. None of this online lab garbage I have seen some nursing schools accepting these days. In my opinion RN to MD is one of the hardest routes to take but many have done it.
Some of the docs I know just tell me to go NP and say the RN to MD route is not worth it but I'm looking at a few specialties that NPs don't really work in and the pay is a lot less.
TU RN, DNP, CRNA
I just graduated with my BSN, but made pretty good progress in med school reqs (bio x2, gen chem x2, and orgo x2) in college. Basically all I need is physics and calc, but I don't know if it will ever happen. Not sure if my GPA is compatible with med school, seems like you need a 3.75 minimum with good MCATs from friends that I've spoken to. Right now I'm working as an RN, and although I do like my job, I am always setting goals. Maybe I'll try to get into ICU nursing in a year? Maybe I'll go back to school? Maybe I'll try anesthesia nursing? Who knows. I just want to get this first year of nursing under my belt. Good luck in your own endeavors.
I am in the uk so this might not be the same as the uk. I am 18 and on a hnc Higher national certificate. It is basically as hard as the first year of a degree.
I have had placement in a hospital and love it. I am applying to a nursing school this year. I have nothing against Physicians. However it is the nurses and I who spend time with patients. Help calm then and mop up their vomit.
That is what I enjoy. I enjoy spending time with patients. The Physicians walk in and back out. The one thing I enjoy in my placement is being with registered nurses helping people eat and to help them shower. Physicians would never help a patient to get showered and dressed.
In short. No never
Dranger, I'd be interested in messaging you privately but apparently the website does not allow it unless I am an avid user, which I am not, nonetheless is there anyway I would be able to send you an email? I would like to know more about your path on taking prereqs while working as a nurse.
I want to get my MSN in Nursing Education and teach for sure, but once I complete that goal I will for sure get my NP so maybe not a MD but for sure NP and do a lot of volunteer work in the community
I took gross anatomy at a medical school. That eliminated any desire to be a physician. It's not the formal education but the culture. Medicine prioritizes the science. Nursing prioritizes the psycho-social. For my personality and interests, I fit better in the nursing world. Know yourself and pursue what makes you happy.
"I graduate at 25yo, work for 5yrs and hopefully begin prereqs when i'm 30. Its never too late...I hope!"
I totally agree. Going BSN to DNP isn't that much quicker than MD. Sure, if you count residency it is, but you are getting paid for residency, so it isn't that bad. I just graduated and plan on pursuing my MD. I think a couple years of RN experience in the ER can only help me compared to others going into medical school with absolutely no experience in the field. You are never too old. A coworker of my mother's, when she was still an ICU nurse before going back to NP school, had been an RN for 6 years and was in his mid-30s before going to medical school. He is now a pediatrician and says it was the best choice he ever made. He also said his experience as an RN was very helpful.
vintagemother, BSN, CNA, LVN, RN
Medicine prioritizes the science. Nursing prioritizes the psycho-social. For my personality and interests, I fit better in the nursing world. Know yourself and pursue what makes you happy.
This is what I keep telling myself when the desire to become a Dr strikes.
I also thinking on becoming a doctor. I am current nursing student, but I dont know what to do. I am 22 years old. Any advise??
windsurfer8, BSN, RN
I think the main reason is it is putting the cart before the horse. If that is your plan that is great, but I would not mention it. Just focus on the task at hand. Then when you graduate and if you want to do something else then do it.
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