About

I’m an RN who went back to medical school (as the tag line says, seemed like a good idea at the time), I’m just about to finish my first year of OB/GYN residency (No, I was not an L&D nurse, in fact as a nurse I went out of my way to do everything and/or anything but L&D. It’s a long story.), and this is My life in Medicine.

(And occasionally, when I do get a day off, it’s whatever else happens. Mostly me taking pictures.)

When I was looking for a quote (I also really, really like quotes) to add to this page, something to sort of sum me, this crazy journey I’ve been on, my life and how I got where I am up, I found this:

And I think, Yes, that pretty much says it all.

13 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi!
    Just stumbled upon your blog and am glad I did! I am a third year RN student who has begun contemplating med school. I was wondering if you had any advice or feedback for a fellow nurse regarding the application process or anything to do with med school really. Thanks for your consideration and great blog!
    – Sarah

    • Hi Sarah,

      Apologies for the tardiness in replying! I don’t even have a great excuse, just….hiding for a little bit combined with a lack of literary inspiration. I think it is fantastic that you are considering med school. My original goal was to go to med school straight from undergrad but I had an adviser who informed me that I would never get in and refused to help me. An adviser who I also suspect had a terminal case of Napoleon Syndrome. If you catch my driftola. Soooo, I ended up in nursing because I knew whatever I did I wanted to work with patients in a clinical setting, and (take that tiny angry little adviser man) eventually, I got into med school.

      I would say if you are considering medical school now, first of all, know what you are getting into. It is a lot of time, a lot of money, and well, not going to lie, its a lot of hard work. Make sure you like school. A lot. Because there are other less strenuous and costly ways to become a provider like being a nurse practitioner or a PA. I personally chose med school because I do like school a lot, at least medically related school, and there are some limits on your autonomy as a provider if you choose to be a mid-level. Though mid-levels do have more flexibility to switch between fields of practice. I.e. a PA can go from doing family practice to Peds, etc. There are serious pros and cons to consider before you make the leap.

      If you think it through and really do want to take the med school plunge (yay for masochists!), it would be a good idea to talk to an (hopefully non-Napoleonic) adviser at your school and get your pre-requisite courses done, as you probably need some not required for nursing. After you make sure your coursework is in line, you should consider prepping for the MCAT. I personally needed the Kaplan MCAT prep course as I had been out of school for some time. The bottom line is you need a good MCAT score to be competitive for medical school and you do whatever you need to prepare yourself adequately. Somewhere in there you would need to start looking at schools as well. This would also be a good thing to discuss with your adviser, which schools and how many you should apply to. I didn’t apply to very many and was very fortunate to get in on the first go-round at my state school. I suppose the most important thing when choosing schools to apply to would be choosing ones where you have a good chance of getting in. In other words, schools where your grades, MCAT scores and resume would make you an attractive candidate. Your home state school is a great bet, as they are usually looking to train people from their own state and hopefully then retain them as practitioners.

      Well, that is quite a bit of info to ponder for starters and I hope it is helpful! Good luck and if you have any further questions feel free to ask. I will try to be speedier with the responses in the future!

      • Hi Nurse MD! I too very much appreciate this post and your blog (I literally just stumbled upon it right now and haven’t read much yet, but the experiences of a non-trad med student [particularly one started off/has experiences in Nursing] is of particular interest to me) because I come from a similar background. I graduated with my BSN and am currently working as an RN (have been for over a year now) but unlike you, I never seriously contemplated medicine and medical school until now. I am still in the process of deciding, and resources like yours and other blogs have been very interesting and helpful. I look forward to reading your posts and getting some insight in the world of medicine and med school šŸ™‚

        – Vanessa

  2. Hi Im also an ER RN and entering my 2nd yr of med school! I wanted to know how you managed to pick up extra shifts…Did you only do it while you were a fourth yr etc….I am also a non trad med student and need the extra money to pay for bills not covered by loans since I go to school in an expensive area with a high cost of living…any advice will be greatly appreciated! I look forward in reading more about your blogs.

  3. Hello Dr. Kitcat! So happy to hear from another Nurse/MD! šŸ˜€

    As far as working as a nurse during med school, it also *really* helped me with cash flow issues (and honestly practical, clinical skills as well). I wish I could still do it, as being completely broke has definitely not ended with residency! I was lucky enough to continue working as a nurse PRN at the place where I had been a nurse prior to med school, mostly filling in on Saturday nights (or holidays) – 12 hour shifts. I worked throughout med school, but mostly during 3rd and 4th year when I had weekends off. I usually had a lot of time to study while I was working (again luckily!).

    I would suggest that you continue to work if you can find flexible, PRN work that doesn’t interfere with your studies.

  4. Wow, I am so excited to have found your blog! I just graduated from nursing this year, and am now considering going back to school to get my science prerequisites so I can apply to med school. I haven’t really talked to many people about it yet because I don’t want it out there if I decide I don’t want to do it…I did read your reply above to Sarah, but I was wondering what tipped the scales for you and made you decide to go back to school? Right now the biggest cons for me are money and taking two years to do science without any assurance of acceptance into med school. Scary stuff! That aside, the more I see what doctors get to do, the more I think I’d like to go that way…
    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences! it’s a big encouragement coming across something like this in the midst of making the decision!

  5. I like your blog. I’m a Cardiology nurse also on the path to MD. I left critical care and work now primarily in the outpatient setting. I’m in my early 30’s, single and have no kids and i want 4 kids. Sort of similar to your story, i’m bored, I like science and patient care, so that’s why i’m going the MD route. I have a business degree along with my nursing degree. So my backup plan is starting my own business. if i don’t make it. I do plan to work prn if i make it to med school, since clinic work is not as stressful. As of now i do want to specialize in Cardiology. I plan to work as a part-time physician and spend my remaining time on charity work and mission trips in 3rd world nations. I’m scheduled to to take the MCAT next year and i’m about to start studying.I just read your last post, and i’m very worried about pursuing this goal. I want to marry and have children as much as i want to become a physician. I like your honesty about your experience. It’s giving me a lot to think about. Hope everything goes well in your ob/gyn residency.

  6. Hello nurse, md. Very happy I saw this blog…I am an ER RN and absolutely LOVE my job. But all of the sudden, I am pondering the idea of MD. I have two bachelors degrees and an MBA (I like school too) :). I think my biggest concern would be the time. How long is it taking you in total to get your MD from RN? I think I am only missing a couple classes for pre-reqs so hopefully that would help…

    Thanks,
    Kelly

  7. Hello nursemd! You are inspiring and I am glad I found your blog. I am a critical care nurse contemplating medical school. I, too, did not decide on medical school until recently. I would need to back track and take all of the required pre requisites. I was wondering, did u go through a formal post bacc program? & If u could do it again, would u choose to pursue medicine? Its a thought I cant seem to shake off. I figured, if I am this interested, It is a goal worth pursuing.

  8. I love your blog and I’m so sad that you aren’t posting here anymore. I stumbled onto your blog by accident, and immediately realized how much I have in common with you. First, the PICTURES! Your pictures are beautiful — I hope you’re still shooting away! I’m also a budding photographer and so it’s always fun for me to learn through others’ pictures. Second (and the reason I found your blog), I’m a nurse, I then got my doctorate (in a non-nursing field), and now I’m seriously contemplating medical school. BUT I have two young children and I just don’t know if I can handle motherhood with medicine. I throw my whole self into everything I do, and I know I wouldn’t be able to do both of these things well. Third, if I do go to medical school, I want to do ob/gyn. I’ve never done ob/gyn nursing (just critical care and heart transplant), but I have such a passion for women’s health. I actually wrote an undergraduate/nursing thesis on women’s health, so I have no idea how I ended up in critical care.

    I would LOVE to keep following your adventures as a resident if you’re still blogging somewhere else. You inspire me to no end and I want to THANK YOU for being such a light to me as a figure out what my next step should be.

    • I am so thrilled to see your post from a few weeks ago! I moved your blog to a “Blogs I love, but are no longer updated” on my RSS feed, and I happened to look in that folder today and saw that you posted again! So of course I moved your blog out of that folder!

      I am so so very sorry for your loss. I don’t have words at such a time, other than that I’m sending out hugs to you through the blogosphere. You are such a strong person to go through everything you’ve been through.

      I really look forward to hearing more about your journey.

      (Also, I’m posting here since I couldn’t comment on your most recent post. I hope it’s okay to write here instead.)

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