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Future RN wanting to be an Anesthesiologist

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Jaquada Jaquada (New) New

Okay so I'm a future RN (currently waiting on my nursing school interview) and I wanted to pursue a career as a CRNA. But lately I've been asking myself why stop there? I've been doing a lot of research and currently establishing a position to shadow an anesthesiologist. However, I haven't found any good information regarding a new nurse trying to get into med school. I mean is it unheard of? Would it be a waste of time getting this BSN degree? Will the med school interview committee see the BSN as more of a disadvantage?

Boy oh boy. This is gonna be good. Can't wait to see the raging comments in this one. Cooking popcorn right now as we speak.

Go to medical school if you want to be a doctor. Your nursing school pre-reqs will not be the same as your med school pre-reqs and by the time you start clinicals, you won't have time to finish everything you need for the MCAT. Doctors and nurses have entirely different scopes of practice and thought processes - while having experience in a hospital setting may be beneficial to your medical school application, it doesn't sound like you really intend to get that experience - best advice - pick one of the equally rewarding careers you are debating between and go for it...don't do both.

Just spoke with my counselor. And I'm changing my major. Thanks for the input!

There are a lot of premed students who are majoring in nursing and eventually became MDs. I personally know a number of Engineers who eventually became doctors also. People major in specific fields to hedge against not getting into Med schools and have a backup profession just in case. My sister is a CRNA and she has stated numerous times about Anesthesiologist saying if they had to do it over they would have become CRNAs. I don't know how far along you are, but why not continue on your path to pursue your BSN, while taking premed prerequisites? Medical schools are very competitive and I would say that most premed students do not get into medical school and end up having to go back to school to do their prerequisites for Nursing and eventually apply to Nursing school. Read this forum and you will see literally hundreds of former premed students (Biology, Microbiology majors) who are now pursuing their second degree (BSN). IMHO, you should always have a Plan B.

CRNA is the highest paying Nursing profession and most CRNAs find this profession very fulfilling. Something to think about.........

Yes CRNA is definitely going to be my back up profession. Once I get my BSN I will only need an extra semester to get all my pre-reqs for med school. If I don't get in (which I'm praying that I do) then I will just use that year to gain icu experience. Either way I've made up my mind that I will be happy with either decision =)

Perhaps I'm missing something here, but if you're going for your MD, why not do pre-med in bio or something similar instead of nursing? You lose the extra semester of pre-reqs as well as the cost of nursing school and the issue of getting accepted.

Nursing and medicine are two extremely different professions. One is not a "back up" for the other.

Because If I were to take the bio route then that would be an extra year of schooling for me to get my bachelors degree vs. finishing the nursing program in two years and taking an extra semester of classes afterwards. So not only is Bio 3 extra semesters but I can't use my nursing scholarship for another major. I agree, Nursing and medicine are two totally different professions but what if I don't get accepted into med school? At least with the BSN degree I will be able to work as a RN and become a CRNA. IDK it seemed like a good idea... Maybe I'm missing something? =(

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If you don't get accepted into med school, then you figure out a different path. But using nursing as a backup plan to med school is like a an aspiring plumber deciding that he'll be an electrician just in case it doesn't work out. Medicine and nursing are vastly different. You'll be learning the nursing model first and then expected to totally switch gears and go into medicine. It's not impossible, but it's not terribly practical, either.

Surely there's a major that will allow you to do your pre-reqs in 4 years and won't put you on the path to a different career only to have you change course before you've really even begun. That's my only point.

I told you to prepare yourself for the rage. You done messed up, Jaquada.

I told you to prepare yourself for the rage. You done messed up, Jaquada.

I fail to see the rage you're referencing...

It's an unfortunate misconception that nursing and medicine are essentially the same job, just with different responsibilities and varying levels of pay. However, the fact of the matter is that most people aren't aware that nursing and medicine have entirely different theoretical bases altogether, and as such, are two very distinctly different professions.

I think the mix of nurses and students on this thread are simply trying to offer the OP a faster, minimally messy, cost-effective route to whichever profession she desires--whether that be nursing or medicine--without having to cross over into one profession to get to the other.

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Nursing can be a back plan depending on an individual. It can be a job to one and a career to another, just like we've seen lots of time. Two different careers are doable, ask the nurses that are engineers or vice versa.

NurseP00kie

Has 5 years experience.

I think your plan sounds good and I wish you the best of luck!

My sister was a premed major for her first degree and did not get into medical school. She eventually went to a local college and did a year of Nursing prerequisites and got into a 2-year Generic BSN program and graduated. Worked for a year in an ICU and got into a 30-month CRNA program.

There are many premed students majoring in Finance, Engineering, Accounting, music, etc. I remember seeing a video of a large (~300+) Freshman Chemistry class and the Professor asking the students to raise the hands if they are premed major. About 75% of the student raise their hands. He then told a sections of the students to lower their hands, leaving about 20% of the students with the hands still raised. He then said that this represents the number of students that would eventually get into Medical School. I was told that Medical Schools looks favorably on students that have non-biology majors in undergrad.

lol oh be quiet guyman123!

If you don't get accepted into med school, then you figure out a different path. But using nursing as a backup plan to med school is like a an aspiring plumber deciding that he'll be an electrician just in case it doesn't work out. Medicine and nursing are vastly different. You'll be learning the nursing model first and then expected to totally switch gears and go into medicine. It's not impossible, but it's not terribly practical, either.

Surely there's a major that will allow you to do your pre-reqs in 4 years and won't put you on the path to a different career only to have you change course before you've really even begun. That's my only point.

I see what you're saying but, I also see it differently. Yes I agree medicine & nursing are different. But it's not impossible nor unheard of to start from the bottom and work your way up. It doesn't matter if you have a Bach. in music as long as you have that degree and have the pre-reqs for med school then you are eligible.

BostonFNP, APRN

Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine. Has 10 years experience.

Check with your academic advisor again to be clear.

Medical school pre-reqs will take you far more than just a semester unless you are taking atypical classes for a nursing major.

Check with your academic advisor again to be clear.

Medical school pre-reqs will take you far more than just a semester unless you are taking atypical classes for a nursing major.

She was clear and I also spoke with a med school advisor from FSU earlier today. I went over my previous classes and he informed me of the ones that I needed for that particular program.