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Will I be respected in the medical field as a nurse?

I have always wanted to be a nurse but every time I tell someone that they ask, “Why not a doctor?” And while I have no answer of why I don’t want to be a doctor, I’m worry as a nurse I won’t be respected in the medical field but only thought of being, “too dumb to be a doctor”
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Thank you comment icon HI Adalynn, Being a nurse would definitely be respected by people. Doctor and nurse both have different strengths. Doctors cannot handle everything without the nurse, so do not feel like being a nurse is because you are not good enough to be a doctor. Both need collaboration to provide the best care for the patients. To be a nurse, you also have to go through a lot of training, just like the doctor. It is just another profession. Nurses do not work under doctors. They work together. Do not mind other people's opinion and pursue your dream! Hope I can solve your problem. Thanks, Joy Joy
Thank you comment icon I would like to second the "nurses do not work under doctors." We spend the most time with the patient across all the various disciplines that treat our patients, so we often have a chance to help direct care plans and advocate for what we think is best. BrieAnna Reedus

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Corky’s Answer

Everyone’s career path is different. If your dream is to become a nurse, then do just that. Choosing between a career in nursing or a career in medicine is not dictated by your level of intelligence but by your passion and desire. Never let the opinion of others create self-doubt.
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Amaan’s Answer

Hi Adalynn,

There's nothing wrong with pursuing nursing over medicine. For many people, there is a massive financial hurdle you have to hop in order to become a physician (average debt after medical school is $190k). Nursing offers the chance for you to hop through different specialties - I know many nurses that have switched from Emergency to Cardio or Gastro clinics. With medicine, you're stuck with a specialty you match into (unless you want to go back to residency and spend another 4-10 years training for another specialty).
The biggest pro nursing has over medicine is that you don't take call (no late nights in the hospital with a pager) and you don't take your work home with you. Additionally, nurses don't have to spend over 8 years in school/training to get a full salary.
I have the utmost respect for the nurses I work with, and the physicians also take advice from them at times due to their experiences. As many say, nurses are usually the most memorable people a patient interacts with.
You need to reflect on your priorities as a future healthcare professional and ask yourself why you want to be a nurse. Once you find that answer, you'll be able to silence the doubters. You can also consider the differences in school/opportunity cost I mentioned above and use those to supplement your reflection.

Amaan recommends the following next steps:

I HIGHLY recommend shadowing a nurse in your area in order to see if nursing is a good fit for you.
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amulya’s Answer

If you have always wanted to be a nurse, then please chase your dreams. Don't think who thinks what about you. Believe in chasing your dreams. Also, may i know why do you think you are too dumb to be a doctor? :)
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