To start off, I am currently a pre-nursing student who is about to finish up her prerequisites. I was originally aiming to get into nursing school next spring. I have worked as a psychiatric nursing assistant for about 3 months, I have many family members who are nurses who I have talked to, and I've even shadowed a nurse in a hospital. I've been wanting to become a nurse for a few years now, since I started high school, but honestly, I just don't know if its for me anymore.
I love working with patients; I really do. It's the reason I chose nursing over med school. I wanted to have more patient interaction. However, from what I've seen from working daily with nurses and shadowing nurses at other hospitals, I feel like even nurses don't get that much patient interaction. Because of administrators not hiring enough staff, everywhere I go, it seems like nurses are pushed to their limits, and their patient interaction time suffers because of it. They are spending over half of their time doing paper work, and when they finally have time to be on the floor, they are usually so short staffed that they have to rush through things and patient time suffers because of it. I don't know if this is the type of career that I'd like. It seems to be such a problem, particularly in my and my family's area, and my mindset is that if I'm going to be spending half my time doing paper work, and not seeing patients as much as I'd like, I might as well go to med school. I am extremely interested in learning about medicine. I work with doctors as much as I work with nurses, so I know the difference between the two. I am not going into this blindly. I do eventually want to have some provider power, even if I get my BSN and accomplish that by becoming an NP.
I guess the point of this thread is to just get advice from others who are in or were in my same situation. To those who chose to go on with nursing, do you regret the choice? Are you happy with your choice? Do you feel like you're making a difference? Were there other paths you wished you would have taken? I'm contemplating switching my major to psychology and going to med school, and with each day I go to work and see the nurses I work with running around and rushing, that idea becomes better and better.
Any advice or opinions would be very welcome.