Quote from avery
I was wondering if anyone went to med school after nursing school? I originally wanted to be a CRNA but after rationalizing the whole situation, I could be a doctor in about the same amount of time. The reason I say this is because I think it is not realistic to believe I will get into CRNA school two years out of nursing school. Anyone have any thoughts or experience with this situation?
My short take on it:
Medicine, sadly, is a profession which has long since reached its ascendancy and is now on the decline. Medicine has lost power--to the insurance companies, to HMOs, etc.
Nursing is a profession on the ascendency: nursing has been doing nothing but gaining more and more power.
If you want to do something health-care related and make a lot of money?
Become a pharmaceutical rep. They make more than many doctors they visit--they don't have to pay malpractice insurance, worry about killing someone (at least immediately) and get to convince docs and other healthcare folks to go on cruises and cool dinners, etc. (There's a thread on this site somewhere which talks about refusing to take pharmaceutical rep "gifts"--which range from notepads, pens, etc, to vacation excursions and "medical education".) Look at some of the prices physicians pay for malpractice insurance; it's unreal. Hundreds of thousands of dollars for some specialties.
Medicine: minimum of 11 years post-high school education, generally.
(for the shortest residencies; e.g., family practice, internal medicine.
surgery is 5 years, surgical specialties add on to that.)
Nurse Practioner, CRNA, etc.: 6-7 years
Medicine: very limited; there hasn't been a new allopathic medical school
started in many, many years.
APN: programs are plentiful, and more are starting
Medicine: $100,000-$200,000 by the time residency is finished
Nursing: not sure, but certainly have fewer years to pay off, and can get to work more quickly.
Medicine: up to hundreds of thousands
Nursing: not nearly that much
Granted, RNs don't make much compared to physicians in some parts of the country. However, some APNs can probably earn close to or even more than some of the lower paid medical specialties (family practice, psychiatry.)
I would think extremely seriously about going to medical school as it stands currently.