What makes a physician's role fundamentally different from a nurse's?
July 6, 2014 1:13 PM Subscribe
I have to articulate my desire to become a physician, and I'm having trouble explicitly stating my motivations. I work in a hospital and have been shadowing doctors, so I know that they essentially use their understanding of medical science to make diagnoses and come up with a treatment plans. However, I'm curious to know how the "calling" differs between people who want to become physicians, and people who want to become RNs.
posted by sunnychef88 to Education (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
(Physicians also deal with time constraints, a system that reimburses procedures over preventive measures, a lot of bureaucratic red tape and endless amounts of paperwork, but every job has drawbacks and not-so-fun aspects.) My love of thinking about abstract scientific problems, meeting people's practical needs, and using my creativity to come up with innovative solutions to problems are my primary motivators. Would really like to hear from healthcare providers in both fields!