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Hi, I’m new to the forum and am just looking for advice to make the right logical decision. I switched majors 3 times already. However, I’ve stuck with the nursing major and took all classes to get into a nursing program. I am finally in the nursing program about to start clinicals but am realizing that I’m unsure if I’ll be happy as a nurse. I was thinking of finishing and becoming a pediatric NP. But every time I settle with that I feel unsure if I’ll be content. I am leaning towards medicine and becoming a pediatrician instead but have not been able to make a decision because I do not think I have all the information I need. I did a degree audit and I would have to take 70 more credits if I were to switch to a Biochemistry major to complete the required classes. I’ve read and researched a lot already, so if anyone can provide any helpful advice let me know.
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Hi, I’m new to the forum and am just looking for advice to make the right logical decision. I switched majors 3 times already. However, I’ve stuck with the nursing major and took all classes from community college to get into a nursing program. I am finally in the nursing program about to start clinicals but am realizing that I’m unsure if I’ll be happy as a nurse. I was thinking of finishing and becoming a pediatric NP. But every time I settle with that I feel unsure if I’ll be content. I am leaning towards medicine and becoming a pediatrician instead but have not been able to make a decision because I do not think I have all the information I need. I did a degree audit and I would have to take 70 more credits if I were to switch to a Biochemistry major to complete the required classes. I’ve read and researched a lot already, so if anyone can provide any helpful advice let me know.
Thanks!
Why do you want to be a nurse? Why do you want to be a doctor?
 
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You are still young and the world is your oyster. Try to find what you love now. You can always change. If you do well, regardless of the subject matter, doors will always be open for you. I wish you luck!
 
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Why do you want to be a nurse? Why do you want to be a doctor?
For nursing, I saw it as a well respected career of helping others but I’ll be honest I don’t know. As for doctor, that’s a more personal reason. But I think the more important thing is picking one that I’ll be happy with in the end. However, I do understand I’ll have to shadow but it’s hard to do with everything going on right now.
 

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For nursing, I saw it as a well respected career of helping others but I’ll be honest I don’t know. As for doctor, that’s a more personal reason. But I think the more important thing is picking one that I’ll be happy with in the end. However, I do understand I’ll have to shadow but it’s hard to do with everything going on right now.
Well, just be aware that you'll have to be able to discuss whatever this reason is in interviews and/or in secondaries/your essay
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Go with what you think you'll love in 10 years. Some advise to go with the harder of the two options (in this case MD) and I'm usually a subscriber of this theory. It's easier to drop down and get your RN than jump up and get an MD. So, if it's equivocal,I would try a semester as a pre med. That way you'll never have to say "what if?"

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Go the NP route if you would be happy working a regular schedule and doing routine things (well baby checks, immunizations). Your scope of practice will be more limited as an NP, and you will never be the head of the team, but your hours and your risk will be much more limited. Go the MD route if you know that you want to work independently or head a team, if you want a greater depth of understanding of the conditions you treat, and you are willing to accept the added responsibility and the risk that goes along with that. If you are the kind of person who always asks "why?" and needs to really understand things, you should choose the MD route, because NP practice is more algorithm-based.
 
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Yeah I think the helpful thing would be to shadow but it’s difficult to during this time with covid and everything especially with pediatrics.
 
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