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Is being a nurse or pediatrition worth it?

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Vickie’s Answer

Hi Leslie!

I'm currently in my 3rd year of medical school where I am training to become a physician. I think it's great that you're exploring the possibility of entering medicine. It is definitely a career that will take a lot of dedication and time to pursue so it's good to understand what you'd be getting yourself into beforehand.

As someone who is nearing the end of her medical school training and will begin to apply to residency training (residency training is where you actually practice as a doctor with supervision ) , I can say that entering medicine has been worth it. It is a fulfilling career where I know each day I will be challenged and learn something new everyday. I talk to people from all walks of life and try to support them and make them feel better in the best way I can. Medical training is tough- regardless of what you decide to become - I won't sugar coat that. But at the end of the day, I know that I'll spend the rest of my life doing something I know is meaningful and that I genuinely care about. Everyday is different for me whether it's seeing patients in the hospital or seeing patients in the clinic, there's always something new to keep me on my toes.

One of the first things to consider when entering medicine is what kind of role you want to play. There are many essential players when it comes to taking care of people. There are doctors, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, nursing assistants, the list goes on! Maybe you could reach out to family, friends, or even search on YouTube what these kinds of jobs entail. You should also consider the length of training when it comes to these professions.

For example, with the two that you've mentioned:
A pediatrician is a physician who will attend 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 3 years of a pediatrics residency program. You can even do additional training afterwards and become super specialized in a certain topic.
I am not as well versed on the nursing school years, however, I know programs generally can vary between 2-4 years.

So, is becoming a nurse or a pediatrician worth it? It's an answer that you have to come up for yourself. It's only worth it if its something you whole-heartedly choose for yourself and that you can't see yourself doing anything else. Ways to figure out if it is something you'd like to pursue would be to do some shadowing or volunteering!

Thank you for your answer leslie Q.

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M’s Answer

If i could go back and do it all again, I would have become a doctor. Every time I am at the doctor or around them, I find it exciting. If you are interested in helping people, becoming a nurse or doctor is definitely worth it. Good luck

thank you for your answer leslie Q.

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Jeanette’s Answer

Hello - I am also not a professional in the medical world however, this would be my own personal advise. I wanted to be in the medical field when I was growing up, that was my number 1 goal. I did what you are doing and started asking around and realized I could volunteer. I was able to experience and see their day to day routine as well as the interactions between patients and the professionals. This was definitely was not the right fit for me. After experiencing and shadowing for myself was the only way that I was able to make my own decision. Hopefully you can make the right decision for your future. Good luck!

thank you appritiated leslie Q.

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Eoin’s Answer

Hi I am not in the medical profession but I think this advice may help. It is all up to whether or not you will enjoy this job and can see yourself doing this for the foreseeable future. Ask around to family and friends to find a contact working in this field. Prepare some questions for the person, i.e. what is the day to day role like, what do they like the most, dislike the most, what they wish they knew before starting etc. Ask this contact all of these questions to help get a feel for this job and assess if it is for you! Hope this helps.

appreciate your response leslie Q.