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Some Nurses Land Higher Salaries Than Primary Care Doctors and Internists

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Nilf, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Nilf

    Nilf 10+ Year Member

    This is from Wall Street Journal healthblog. It's very informative and fairly balanced.

    So don't worry if you don't get accepted into medical school. There are careers out there which are much much easier to enter, the training is cheaper and not as rigorous, the lifestyle is better, and the reimbursement is higher. And you still get to take care of patients.

    Maybe you even should consider skipping medschool application and look into nursing school instead...
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  3. HoboCommander

    HoboCommander 7+ Year Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    Nilf is just bitter. nothing to see here. carry on folks!
  4. Live4Life

    Live4Life Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    This is slightly misleading considering the fact that you have to earn a BSN, and then work a minimum of one year as a critical care nurse in an ICU (but most good programs require two years of work experience except for exceptionally qualified applicants), then they have to complete a two year masters degree that is quite demanding. After the first nine months of didactic work, you are working like a resident for the remaining 14 months. (Some of the programs are actually longer than 2 years)

    So yes the salary can be higher and yes the overall training is shorter, but nurse anesthetists still require a fair amount of training in order to become an anesthetist.
  5. MrBurns10

    MrBurns10 Excellent, Smithers Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Besides, you'd have no idea whether or not you actually like being a CRNA until you go through all that schooling. Had I come into med school with my only option being anesthesiologist, I would have gone through a crisis when I realized it's a profession that requires me to punch myself just to stay awake.
  6. lord_jeebus

    lord_jeebus 和魂洋才 Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2003
    It's easier to stay awake when you take the mask off and put it on the patient :)
  7. flip26

    flip26 2+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    The only "apples to apples" comparison is for the NA to the anesthesiologist - the MD still makes double what the NA makes...
  8. Nilf

    Nilf 10+ Year Member

    Hahahaha, I second your sentiment. However, I used pushpins during my anesthesia rotation. For best results, give one to your fellow medical student or even resident, and stab one another whenever you are about to fall asleep. Works wonders.

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