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hey! i'm a future nurse, now senior in highschool. and when i tell people i'm going into nursing some say "wow, you'll be great and we need nurses!" others say, why not go "all the way" and be a doctor. i want to be like, are you saying nursing is not as important as doctoring? or that i should abandon my dreams and achieve the ones you want for me? how do i respond to this statement, i don't want to hurt their feelings. & how do you feel about this comment? thanks so much!
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....especially from people like my soon-to-be-ex father-in-law, who is a dentist (i've often wanted to ask him how many people assume he couldn't make it as a 'real' doctor). i'm very well-versed on pathophysiology, and genuinely enjoy the scientific aspects of nursing. at least once a week, someone says, 'you're so smart- why didn't you go to medical school?'
this is my answer. i may be a little harsh on physicians, but this is what i say:
'instead of spending over a decade in school, racking up tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and risking my patients' lives all through residency, when i'd be working for several days with no sleep, i decided to go into nursing instead. nurses are the ones who actually deliver most patient care; we practice independently, and we have more opportunities to influence our patients' lives. i can do all of this- and make as much, or more money- in a fraction of the time and cost of medical school.'
yes, i'm biased. but most people, after hearing my rationale, say, 'wow, i didn't realize what nurses actually *did*. that makes sense.' also, i was already 31 before i started nursing school, so the time in school argument is more applicable for me, perhaps, than you, but the gist of it is the same.
good luck, and don't let the opinions of others influence your choices in life!