Quote from Hopegirl
Just curious - to all the RN's, NP's, CNS's, etc. out there.....
If you had to do it all over again, would you have became a doctor instead?
Keep in mind all factors to consider: malpractice rates, med school tuition, time committment......
LOL....I actually just had this conversation with a resident at work the other day.
I told her that my family always wanted me to become a doctor, but personally, I'm not interested in all the time, money and punishment that they endure to get there. I want to work, leave and enjoy my time with family and friends.
I mean, let's look at what the residents go through that I work with: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 7 years of residency (for a neurosurgeon), then a fellowship. (Oh and you think nurses eat their young??? You should see what neurosurgeons do to each other!!!) Then to have the absolute HIGHEST malpractice insurance
(higher than ANY other MD) and to work crazy hours and have no outside life for the rest of my working years....Nah, they can have it! And I respect them enormously for doing it. To be a doctor these days, you have to really want it and it can't be just about the money.
Actually, I've discussed this with a few attending MDs too...and they feel the same way. It's just not worth it anymore to become a doc. They named several reasons, including our legal system (it's getting really bad in PA for MDs).
Like a previous poster said....I have much more impact on a patient than a doc does and if you want to go by recent surveys, they respect us more!
Just my two cents.