(Closed) Med School or Nursing School?

posted 8 years ago in College
Post # 3
244 posts
Helper bee

@harperlynn: well, since you can’t go straight to med school.  i suggest do the nursing school and use that as your premed.  nursing is tough, but it’s good practice for med school if you choose to continue.  it also gives you a great insight to what the nurses are going through.  i find that the best doctors are those that understand and are helpful to the nurses.  they always know more about their patients.  

edit:  oh oops, why did i read that as HS junior.  well, if you don’t go to nursing school, what’s your major now?  

Post # 4
7286 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Have you thought about being a PA?

What exactly is it you want? The title? More automny? Pay?

I think Nurse Practicioners and PA’s make wonderful money in comparison to that of a DR and their schooling, well respected and can also obtain the work life balance.

But do make sure you get Experince  in healthcare if you don’t already. Become a CNA, work at a dr’s office as a med assistant….you want to make sure you know what you are getting yourself into ..dream versus reality can be dissapointing 🙂


Post # 5
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am in med school right now, and I am struggling with all the issues you’re concerned about…honestly, if I could re-do it, I would NOT go to med school. had I pursued PA school, I would almost be finished instead of only barely started. The stress is killing me, and I want to have a baby now but that’s not exactly fitting in my schedule for another 6 years (although I will probably try before that and hear it from EVERYONE about how foolish I am having a baby During med school.) I hate med school and really wish I would have done something else, but I’m too invested financially, I couldn’t afford to not finish. I am in the worst part of it now (supposedly–1/2 way through 2nd year), but still, I am miserable and wish the end wasn’t so far away still. 

Post # 9
326 posts
Helper bee

I am in med school and I know it’s the right choice for me. My sister is studying nursing. They are not alike at all. She studies more practical things and skims a lot of detail where as we are required to know everything in detail even if we won’t neccessarily use it. I live in Ireland so I didn’t have to do an undergrad degree and will be qualified at 25.  Don’t go to med school ust to help your SO. Often patients and the people they are close to will know more about their specific disease or condition than the average doctor. You do not need to go to med school to learn that. It’s not a great idea to be a doctor for someone that close to you anyway because it’s hard to be objective. Your family life would be easier as a nurse. I know that if I want children before I’m 30 I will have to just take a year out and have my SO support me. I will likely be working full time for most of my childrens childhood. I’m comfortable with that  and know what I am getting into as my dad was a doctor and mum was a nurse. 

Post # 10
384 posts
Helper bee

PA school is 2 years long. Its hell but so worth it! It gives you the opportunity to practice medicine with out the length of time for med school. PAs dont just do the “dirty work” of the doctors. It is all dependent on where you work and who you work for. You can have your own panal of patients. Some state laws dont even require the doctor to be on site. They also dont have to check EVERY chart. Its all state dependent. PAs are getting utilized more and more. If you want the medical model vs the nursing model then being a PA may be desireable.

Post # 11
2997 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@harperlynn:  I went to medical school and I always say if I could go back and do it all over I would go to PA (physician assistant) school or nurse practitioner school.  You (basically) can do the same things with much shorter schooling and debt.  That would be my suggestion!

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