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Mrs. SnowStormRN is a RN and specializes in Mental Health, Medical Research, Periop.

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There's a high demand for nurses?????:eek:

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why does it matter who pays for my education? do you have suggestions based on my answer?

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Hi George,

Here is another angle. What about Physician's Assistant? There are bridge programs for PA to MD.

You could work as a PA before going to medical school and it would be a backup plan close to your interests.

In our area, MDs seem to be favoring PA over NPs.

PA schools are difficult to get in as well. Looks like you may need to see if you can shadow some of the jobs in fields you are interested in to get a sense of what your heart really wants to do.

All of these programs take lots of time,energy and dollars so you need to be certain that whatever program you decide you stick with it until you finish the degree.

You are smart to have a backup plan, the current economy is a challenge and opportunities are shifting in ways we have never seen before...

Good luck and keep us post! Sounds like whatever path you chose, it will be an interesting journey!

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@George:

If you don't get in, THEN you go the RN route!

I went on the student-doc-dot-com forum and asked about the same. One person who is in med school said it can be frowned upon and lower your chances of getting into MED if you go RN and only stay in it for a short while.

p.s. I would look at international (caribbean) Med School. Just recently found out that one of my friends is in his 3rd year with Ross. He is doing his internships in Chicago. Even if you have a family, his loans cover his education, plus taking care of his family of 4. Wow! That made me wake up and think it could be possible.

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jelly221,RN has 3 years experience and specializes in Neurosciences, cardiac, critical care.

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If you are treating nursing as a back up plan, then you have a very harsh reality coming to you. Nursing is a completely different profession with different goals than those of a physician.

It sounds like you have flip flopped countless times and still haven't found what is right for you.

I would encourage you to get off the internet and get into an actual hospital. Talk to the nurses there and get some experience. Then decide what the best plan is for you.

You would be miserable for the rest of your life if you are working as a nurse and nursing is not what you love to do. You can say that about any career but nursing poses a very specific challenge. There is nothing you can do to make the job more "bearable" besides go into it for the right reasons and know that it is for you.

If you want to be a physician, go to med school!

This is exactly what I was going to say. I flip-flopped a LOT between RN-MD while completing pre-reqs and on the waitlist- once I got in the hospital for nursing clinicals, I KNEW nursing was what I wanted to do. I realized that nursing isn't a "stepping stone" to medicine, it's totally different! Yes, they can write orders and we can't... but a fair amount of the time, we're the ones calling and asking for a specific order that we want for our patient.

Volunteer in a hospital or shadow some RNs/MDs- that'll help you decide which one is for you. The other thing that's important to consider is Advanced Practice nursing. 100% of MDs that I spoke with for career advice told me to become an NP, as that is how healthcare is trending, and there is so much more flexibility (and less student loan debt).

There is definitely NO guarantee of a job as an RN, and many new grads are searching for jobs for a year after graduation. Don't think that'll contribute to your financial security.

Good luck with whatever you decide!

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MrChicagoRN has 30 years experience as a RN and specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care.

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oh and my ultimate goal is job and financial security

Neither career comes without a price. Both jobs require longterm commitment & a willingness to work your butt off.

You're 24 & still changing majors? What else have you been doing with you life? What level of commitment can you exhibit over the long term?

Career success comes as much from the efforts of the individual as it does from the letters behind one's name.

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