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 medical field but wasn't quite smart enough to become an MD.
So I've thought about it. Honestly, if I had to do it over, there's no way I would ever become a doctor. Sure, you make more money, but the hours are horrible and the schooling takes a million years and costs an arm and a leg. I would much rather have a career where I can pick my shifts, schedule my days so that I have seven or eight days off in a row, and be able to go home at the end of the day and not have to be on call. Plus, I know I can get a job anywhere at the drop of a hat, and I can just as easily work part-time as full-time or overtime. And I can call in sick, at least a few times a year, without a huge hassle of trying to find another doctor to cover for me or having to cancel and reschedule all my appointments/surgeries for the day. And the pay, while nowhere near as much as what a doctor makes, is definitely enough to live comfortably on. Plus, I have a life outside of my job.
So what am I missing? Why does anybody become a doctor? Let's say you had a full scholarship
to medical school - would you take it?
Jan 14, '07
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.
Last edit by marilynmom on Jan 14, '07