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    Nursing after pre-med coursework?

    Thank you all very much the responses have given me a lot to think about. My overall gpa is 3.4 not stellar but not bad either and I didnt' try my hardest. However, my pre-req gpa for pharm/med school is much higher than my overall. It's more along the lines of 3.7/3.8. That being said I will take the advice and at least take a shot at the MCAT because I think I'll regret it my whole life if I don't at least try. My situation right now is that I'm 23 (still very young I know) and have a girlfriend and a 7 month old baby boy. I kinda wrote off medical school because I was interested in getting into the workforce as fast as possible to support my family. That's why I have been looking at nursing/PA routes over going the distance for a doctorate degree. Not getting the residency of my choice in med school also scares me and I would hate to be forced into a lesser residency if I didn't live up to the expectations required for the ones I prefer. I guess it's not that much longer in the grand scheme of things but I have a lot of studying ahead of me if I am going to brush up for the MCAT's. It's been quite a while since I studied for the PCAT I'm gonna have to relearn a lot of material I'll also try to get a better feel for hospital/clinical pharmacy. The descriptions you have all given me are very different from what the pharmacists I met have told me. However, I know your not just making this stuff up and I do have a real interest in pharmacy, especially if I can land a job like that where I can actually see and speak with patients about treatments etc.
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    Nursing after pre-med coursework?

    That's very unfortunate to hear. I guess it's like this almost everywhere. The nurses I know, one being my best friends mom, are forced to take 30min breaks to eat lunch at the very least. .... I will never work 14 hours straight without being able to keep my own body going regardless what my employer says or my profession. One pharm I work with was almost fired from CVS because he would get up and leave the pharmacy to use the restroom and eat. After he threatened the district manager with a lawsuit because it's against regulations to eat around medications (bodily fluids and such) that are being dispensed to the public he never heard another word about it.
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    Nursing after pre-med coursework?

    Also nurses aren't given breaks either? I don't mind a long day the reason I don't like it is because I see the pharmacists I work with and how dead they are everyday. They can barely get a bite to eat or even go to the bathroom they are so overworked. It makes me sick honestly. There have been a lot of dispensing mistakes that I think are attributed to this that I have seen and being that both a pharm. and nurse along with all the other health professions are holding patient lives in their hands I feel both should be given adequate breaks.
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    Nursing after pre-med coursework?

    Thanks for the information on the programs. I didn't mean to offend by the "more difficult" aspect of the courses I took as far as anatomy/phys etc. go. I'm thinking about this as my career too and certainly don't belittle nurses they are just as smart as anyone else and often times I feel nurses/pa's give better care that docs. That being said I know at the two universities I attended the nursing anat/phys had much less material than the pre-med and I took the nursing versions of those classes at penn state. That is why I referred to the pre-med class in that manor. Regarding pharmacists in the hospital could you give me anymore info? Do those pharmacists really seem to like their job? The pharmacists I have spoken with about hospital pharmacy, some of which have actually done hospital, told me there was very little patient contact and they mostly sat in a white room checking scripts and consulting physicians. What I want is patient contact, I want to help others and I want to feel like I'm making a difference. Don't get me wrong I LOVE the "idea" of what a pharmacist is supposed to do but in reality i found it's much different.
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    Nursing after pre-med coursework?

    I completed a bach. in biology with a focus on pre-med and was planning on pursuing pharmacy school. Unfortunately, my plan didn't work out as I hoped. I have worked in pharmacy for 3 years now and I find it horribly monotonous and unrewarding. The pharmacists I work with in retail are extremely stressed and overworked working 14 hour days without even getting a lunchbreak. That's something I do not want to deal with and I didn't even mention the robot like job duty that the pharmacists and myself have to perform in retail pharmacy. So, I'm looking into other health careers and nursing is near the top of my list. Are there any nursing programs in or near PA that allow you to obtain a masters level nursing degree or something along those lines. The reason I ask is because all of the pre-med courses I took (anatomy/physiology/etc.) were more difficult than the classes the nursing students were taking. Do these classes count towards my degree or do I have to start all over from scratch?
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