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    Nursing or Medical School

    To everyone who has replied, Just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to respond to my post. I am still debating but nursing school sure seems like a more attainable and equally rewarding career. The college that I attend will start to offer a one year BS, RN degree next September for those students who already have a bachelors degree and have completed the pre-nursing requirements. Basically, it's an accelerated program cramming the 2 1/2 year professional nursing program into 1 year...... yikes! So, within 2 years from now, I could be employed, compared to the 9 or so years (and $150k debt) that it would take me to become a physician. Gee, I didn't know that gender played such as role in OB units. Not sure what to think of that. I appreciate everyone's comments on money and lifestyle choices. Sounds like you all have chosen the right career for you. Yosemite
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    Nursing or Medical School

    Kennedyj & wildtime88: Thanks for your suggestions. I did look into PA school also but I quickly found out that the schools really like to see a significant amount of healthcare experience in their applicants. I found out that there are many RN's, CNA's, EMT's and Paramedics, etc.. that apply each year. I do have hospital volunteer experience but I certainly fall short when compared to the above mentioned careers. nursedude: I can see where you are coming from with the earnings potential argument. Seems like the NYC and Minneapolis, MN areas pay nurses the most. I suspect that the strong union presence in these cities has something to do with that. Otherwise, pay really varies across the country. From reading your other posts on this site you seem unhappy with nursing. Have you thought about going the NP or PA route? How about becoming a CRNA? I'm just curious, that's all. Thanks again.
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    Nursing or Medical School

    Hi everyone, I am new to this list serve so this is my first post. I am a male in my mid-thirties and am undergoing a career change. I am considering medical school but scringe when I consider all of the years of training that are ahead. I have completed two years of pre-reqs towards medical school and have done very well so far. Anyways, the college that I attend has just completed an arrangement with two regional hospitals (in the Upper Midwest) whereas the hospitals will pay a certain part of students' nursing tuition in years 3 and 4 in return for 2 years of service. I think that's an excellent idea for someone like myself who relies soley on student loans and working to finance education. I want to get into healthcare to make a difference. What does anyone think about entering the nursing field vs. going to medical school? Any comments or advice would be very helpful. Thanks for your help. Yosemite