Would you ever be a doctor? - page 3

I'm sure we've all gotten the question, some time or another from friends and family, "Why didn't you just become a doctor?" As if a nurse is just someone who helps the doctor, who wants to be in the... Read More

  1. by   scribblerpnp
    Quote from TrudyRN
    He might be wrong about the salary.

    If you want to be a doc, by all means, go for it.
    Family Practice in the area in which I live START off at 80-90,000/year. This is SALARY and you may get more for productivity bonuses. You get paid the same pay each week no matter that you go to the hospital at 5AM, see pt's al day usually without a lunch and then back to the hospital that PM, get home at 9 or 10 and then get sick calls all night from worried parents about their kids. Wake up the next day and repeat, plus if it is your week-end (if you are lucky to be in a group practice and not private) on call you can go two full weeks without a day off. But if you worked it out as HOURLY pay, meaning break that down into working however hours/week, it would equal nurses pay or less. Probabably that is what he meant. I know if I worked doubles five days a week as a nurse, I could break 100,000/year

    When I worked as a nurse practitioner full time, I took hospital and after hours call. This was rotated amoung me and two physicians. I was payed salary, so anything over 40 hours was not extra. If I broke my TOTAL hours worked into hourly pay using my salary wage, I made a whopping 19.50/hour.
  2. by   scholar
    Quote from marilynmom

    Growing up I always wanted to be a physician, I even have most of my med school pre-reqs done. If I wasn't 33 and had kids I would be a Dr. I don't have the time for it now though and don't want to put my kids through that. If I was still 20 years old I would do it in a heartbeat though. Heck, maybe I still will! My children's Ped was an RN and then she went back to medical school when she was in her 40's and she loves it and is a fantastic MD.

    More than likely I will go to NP school, I know I will be happy and satisfied with that I think where I am now in life the NP route is a better fit and I will be happier overall.
    Im 20yr.s old and I still consider myself too old. Plus i neither have a wife nor kids or an active personal life. I will probably do the opposite of what many do. I'll wait till I get married and have kids to decide to go to med school.
  3. by   Anagray
    I have all intentions on going to med school. There are many things against me - age, family responsibilities, lack of money, learning in a foreign language, because I am Russian, etc. Being a nurse gave me more drive to go after the dream I had since I was a child, because many times I feel helpless and frustrated when I see my patients ignored by a doctor who just doesn't care. I don't know if I will make it, but I will try.
    My dream is to either work with the poor and the elderly and/or open a holistic clinic. There are several docs in my hospital who are encouraging me to go to med school, very supportive. All of them are "different" in a sense that their approach to medicine involves having a hart and no fear to take a risk.