RN to MD....possible or not? - page 2

Hi Everyone, I have been a nurse for six years and have always wanted to use it as a stepping stone to study medicine. However, throughout the years marriage and family came into view, and, of... Read More

  1. by   James Huffman
    Possible? Of course. Go for what you want to do.

    However, be aware that some med school admissions committees question nurses at some length as to why they are changing professions. I'm not sure of their reason, but have heard several nurses going to med school report this. It's not a big deal, but you should have a clear idea of why you want to do what you want to do.

    And let's not be so hard on the advisor, who may simply be trying to keep a good nurse in the field.

    Jim Huffman, RN

  2. by   Jenny P
    And I work with a nurse who was a podiatrist for 18 years before he decided to become a nurse! The road goes both ways; we shouldn't discourage anyone who wishes to take a different career path than most.

    Good luck.
  3. by   meandragonbrett
    www.studentdoctor.net is a great site for more info on going to med school. In the forums area there is a nursing forum; it has quite a lengthy thread on a former nurse who has begun her journey from a RN to MD. It's quite interesting and there are many other informative forms such as, Pre-med, Allopathic, Osteopathic, Rotations and Residents, nursing, and some others.

  4. by   meandragonbrett
    one more thing, you may find great discouragement from your fellow nurses if you decide to go through w\your goal of MD or DO, don't listen to them, IGNORE them!

  5. by   fedupnurse
    In NJ, there is such a glut of NP's they are staying as staff after passing NP boards or taking a paycut to work as an NP. If I were going to work MD hours, I'd want the paycheck to go along with it. Go for it! You will make a great doctor because you have been on the 'other side of the fence'. I worked with a resident who was a nurse first. She was always decent to deal with. Sounds like that advisor has some issues!!!!
    Good luck, you'll do great!
  6. by   ERNurse752
    I think it's definitely possible, and I agree that RNs will be better MDs b/c of their nursing experience.

    One of the docs in my ER started as a unit secretary --> tech --> RN --> PA --> MD

    A trauma surgeon in my city was an ER nurse for 10 years before attending med school...

    I have to admit I've thought about going the RN --> MD route myself!

  7. by   susanmary
    Follow your dreams. If you are smart enough to be a nurse ....you are WAY smart enough to be a doctor (true enough isn't it nurses out there?) When completing my BSN (had ADN & BS) my counselor always talked about how I should become an APRN -- as if that were the "holy grail" for me. It is not. For her, perhaps. But we all have our own dreams. We OWN our lives.

    Good luck.
  8. by   canoehead
    Of course you can do it (surprised anyone would dare doubt this)

    As far as pay goes I hear that GP's are making the same amount of money as PA's in some areas. So would look into that. Also know of a NP who took a PA exam and passed, getting the 4year PA certification in a 2y NP Master's course. So you have some shortcuts available to you.
  9. by   lalaxton
    Just a comment on the NP who took the PA exam. Not sure why they would want to do this except to maybe prove a point?
    As an NP I applied to many jobs advertised as PA only and in fact did get one after making a presentation to the MD group on the similarities/differences between the two. In many states PA's and NP's can do the same things. I know of several NP's who work with surgeons and make just as much or more than a PA. So in many instances the roles are interchangable. Getting a PA 'certification' after getting a MSN sounds like going backwards. Many PA programs are going to a Master's degree as they see many jobs going to NP's solely on the basis of extra education.
  10. by   canoehead
    The NP who took the PA exam did so because since nursing is a "female" profession, and PA's "male" PA's were getting paid more for the same work. So why not take on the title that gets you more money (at least more in that area at that time).

    I'm a lowly RN so not up on the NP/PA politics, but can certainly understand that getting another certification would keep your options open...especially when some jobs are advertised as only PA positions.
  11. by   MollyJ
    In my hubby's residency, there have been multiple residents who were former RN's, PA's, and med techs. A couple of them (candidly speaking) should have stayed where they were, but for the most part they always wanted to be in the medical driver's seat and it was an end to a degree of frustration for them. Like other poster's, it's not unusual to find these folks in your practice environment, so talk over you expectations and anticipations with them.

    Right now at the residency, there are a series of midl-levels (NP, PA's) who are working at the residency while working on their pre-med pre-req's.

    One of the recent residency grads was a DVM who went back to med school. He had great stories.

    The person who's approval and support you most need is your spouse. This pathway change affects them greatly and you need to really talk over the realities of pre-med and med school (when they will likely need to work to support your endeavors) and then residency and practice. This can involve relocation and career upheaval for them. what are their thoughts?

    Good luck.
  12. by   mattsmom81
    I worked with a RN who started medical school in her late 40's. I thought she was great!

    Some staff gave her a hard time....told her she was too old and would be disappointed (which amazed me)

    Her reply was "I'm going to be where I want to be at 55...where will you be?" Loved it!!
  13. by   TruthSeeker
    :chuckle GO FOR IT!!!!. :roll

    I have one more semester to go through [just three months], to finish up with getting my ADN. I am 38, will be 39 this August, and have spoken more then once to my husband and family about becoming a MD. And I too have wonder if it would be possible to do that because of my age and how long do I have to go.

    I'm also a person that believes in prayer and have also said to my heavenly Father, myself, hubby, and family.....'If it is God's will for me to pursue this dream of my He will open that door for me.'

    So, I truly do believe that your message is a door for me to start making plans to make my dream come true as well.....RN to MD.

    I will also be praying for you that God will direct your path and that your dreams will come true.

    Good luck and please do keep us [me] posted. And thank you for turning on the light.

    Teresa [RN to be]