I saw this post on this website.
Nurse Practitioner vs Attorney
Which profession do you think earns more respect? Anyone have any info on starting salary and working conditions? I'm considering both careers and am not sure which way to go. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
As a nurse and an attorney, I find the post amusing because I asked a physician I was dating during my ASN and BSN program, his opinion on whether I should apply for law school or a NP program. A twist on the very question above.
His comment was offensive so I won't mention it here, but I decided to attend law school. Not because of his remarks about NPs. The law has always fascinated me.
My grandmother when I considered pre-law told me, "There are too many attorneys, be a nurse."
Anyone considering law school should follow their heart. Despite the attorney jokes and all the bad press the legal profession receives, the practice of law is a profession that has endless career opportunities. I love being an attorney. The training and education you receive are invaluable. You feel empowered to conquer the world!
Despite all the negative things I heard about the legal profession and law school I attended. It was one of the best decisions I made. Of course its tough, expensive, and then you sit for the Bar. Most things worth having don't come easy and cheap.
A law degree is an investment. Actually so it a nursing degree, because alot of basic nursing students are graduating with "graduate school" type debt anyway. See
My only regret is that I did not obtain a MSN in conjunction with my law degree. It was possible but I didn't consider it at the time. I can always go back to school I know and I should have when my law practice wasn't as busy maybe five to six years ago. I even considered an LLM in health law several years ago. A MSN would fit better with my law practice and career goals however at this point.
So what I am saying in this post. If you want to be a RN, do it? RN and Accountant, do it! If you want to be a RN/MD, do it? RN and PT? RN and RT? RN and Teacher? RN and EMT? RN and JD? RN and financial planner? LPN and RN? RN and insurance agent? RN and therapist or counselor? RN and MT? RN and a preacher?
My family thought I was nuts to attend law school. Why on earth would a nurse want to be an attorney?
Write your position description and plot your own course!