nursing student to pre med

I’ve envisioned myself working in the healthcare field, as a doctor not a nurse. I enrolled in an ADN program at a CA j.c., hoping for a some-what decent living, thinking I would have the best job security in the world and be able to switch to medicine if I wanted to with the salary and experience with an RN.

Much to the dismay of my parents (who both have a BSN), I decided to quit nursing and pursue my true passion in medicine. I was just looking for something…different, with more autonomy and knowing that my work would be respected and valued by my peers and society in general.

I didn’t feel that nursing could give me those things. Also, in nursing school they wasted so much time on teaching us things that CNAs end up doing, i.e. bed-making, bathing a patient. I didn’t feel comfortable with the imaging of nursing as being the handmaidens of doctors and always being subordinate to physicians, or cleaning bedpans.

I am now an undergrad at a CA j.c. taking prerequisites for medicine (year-long courses in calc, orgo. chem, gen. physics, and gen. bio.) and planning to transfer as a Biological Sciences major to University of California, Riverside, considering they offer courses I feel will help me in medical school (BioChem, Immunology, etc) as well as health profession / pre-professional programs to help me on my journey to medical school.

My folks said I should just finish up the ADN for security, I refused, I wanted to what I was passionate about on my own terms. I figured I could get hospital experience by volunteering at a local hospital or shadowing a physician. I just wanted to get some objective opinions about whether I should have stayed in that ADN program as my folks suggested and just switch to medicine like some RN’s do or should I continue with my current plan of action as a Bio Sci major. I was also curious about whether or not a medical school admissions committee and fellow premeds would look down on me for once being in an ADN program or think that my time during clinical rotations in that ADN program provided a note-worthy clinical experience to the inner-workings of a hospital.

Thank you for your time.

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