Many nurses are considering going back to school to become doctors. Is it worth it?

Posted on November 05, 2010

This question is asked more and more in today’s medical scene and our current economic climate. More and more nurses are wondering why they didn’t spend the extra years in medical school to become a doctor and be able to do everything that a doctor does. The question comes into play when nurses consider the pay difference between a doctor and a nurse. The average salary of a general doctor can be estimated at around $150,000 per year compared to the salary of an average Registered Nurse is approximately $65,000. As you can see the average doctor makes about twice as much as the average nurse. With the difficulty of the job at hand, many nurses are wishing that they would have gone to medical school instead. However, before nurses decide to go back to medical school they should consider a few factors.

First, the process required to become a doctor is significantly longer than the average nursing program. From start to finish the process to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing takes approximately five years and this includes your time in a hospital setting receiving training. It takes much longer to become a doctor. Doctors are required to spend four years in undergraduate university, approximately four to five years in medical school, followed by several years in internship and residency. On average this entire process takes most students twelve years to complete. If the average student enters college at 18 years of age they would become a doctor around the age of 30, compared to a nurse who could begin practicing around the age of 23. The time investment is much greater to become a doctor and is not recommended for everyone.

Lastly, nurses and doctors do very different jobs. While nurses spend their time holistically treating patients: working at their bedside, tending to their needs, and spend a great deal of time “hands on” with patients, doctors are primarily there to treat and diagnose disease. Many people become nurses to help people and enjoy the experience of the hands-on approach to medicine. If they were to become a doctor this would no longer be the case.

Before reflecting back on your time in school and regretting becoming a nurse, make sure to accurately consider the decision. Why did you want to become a nurse in the first place? Would the large amount of extra time really be worth the pay increase? Would the amount of time spent diagnosing really be as satisfying work as treating patients hands on? If you still want to go back to medical school there are lots of options that will allow you to start the process online. Be sure to check out the myriad options.

The best undergraduate degrees for future lawyers

Posted on November 05, 2010

The title of this post can be a bit misleading because the truth is that a wide variety of majors are beneficial for perspective law students. Historically speaking political science has been a favorite pre-law degree bit it is by no means a necessity. Some of the work you do as a political science major will help you in law school especially thing like: writing persuasive papers, studying the legal system, learning the theories behind law and order in society, etc. However many good law schools actually are looking for some diversity in their applicants. Because law influences almost every area of our society it is a benefit to share perspectives that are developed from intense study in almost any academic discipline.

In a more practical sense the area of study you choose for your undergraduate education may be very helpful depending on the kind of law your want to practice. If you want to work in intellectual property having a computer science or engineering background will be a tremendous benefit. If you want to become a defense trail lawyer you may want get a speech or communications degree. If your aim is become a law professor or researcher you may want to study history or psychology and sociology. Ultimately the background you have in any area of study will be taken with you during law school and afterwards when you are seeking employment. For instance, if you wanted to be legal counsel to a medical devices manufacturer it would be beneficial to understand both business and medicine. Both will help, though neither will be strictly necessary.

Finally, if you hope is to get into a competitive law program you may want to choose a degree plays to your strengths. If you don’t like mathematics, it would do you any good to get a major that contains a lot of quantitative classes that may drive down your GPA an hurt your application to law school. Conversely if you want to stand out on your application you may want to get a harder more competitive undergraduate degree to demonstrate your competence and fitness to succeed in law school.

How to Become an Interior Designer With An Online Education

Posted on November 05, 2010

If you have ever wanted to redesign your home, rental house, apartment or condo, but been unwilling because you couldn't decide on what style you wanted? Or maybe you and your spouse couldn't agree on what looked best, or would make the house most attractive to potential buyers? Is the color of your walls, the placement of a plant or a shelf something you feel passionate about? The design and layout of our living spaces is an essential component in our ease of use and general happiness and well being. Your passion for the effective and beautiful use of design elements is linked to your natural aesthetic sense! Design isn't important to everyone, but it's important to you! So how can you grow your natural sense and really learn to utilize the skills that flow out from your passion? By taking online courses for Interior Design. There are many schools that offer excellent courses and distance learning to hone the inner designer in you.

To begin with, there are several levels of education to consider, and the best way to decide is to ascertain your goals. Do you want to be a hobbyist, or would you like to pursue a possible career? The answer to these questions will determine your course. Once you have defined your direction, these are some options to consider: If you are currently working full time and only have limited time to pursue education, you could enroll in one of the many and relatively cheap online design courses that are achieved at your own pace and have open enrollment. There are courses for as cheap as $85 that will give you continuing education credits towards your degree and give you the skills necessary to do a great job decorating and designing your projects. These courses will teach you concepts and tools like:

  • Describe elements of design.
  • Define decorating styles.
  • Describe types of flooring to consider when designing.
  • Describe methods for decorating walls and ceilings.
  • Describe techniques for decorating windows and window treatments.
  • Describe ways to decorate with furniture.
  • Summarize rules and myths when decorating a home

These are the basic concepts that any designer needs to have for only $85! Now, if your goals are set a bit higher and you would like to pursue a career, there a few other options. One school I came across offers a BA in Interior Design, entirely through Online Learning! Most importantly, they were a highly accredited institution, and it was very affordable, in comparison to attending university. The cost of their program was around $2500, compared to the 20 and thirty or more thousands at a brick and mortar school. What an opportunity!

So, if the color of that wall is bugging you, you can't figure out what texture your couch should incorporate, or you need a new look for your window treatments, check out the amazingly diverse options available to you through online learning.

Course Requirements and Electives for Architecture Students

Posted on November 05, 2010

Architecture students are often struck with the inflexibility of their quarter or semester schedule, due to the 10- 30 course hours per week of studio laboratory courses. In some schools, it is nearly impossible to consider elective credits beyond what is required. While every school varies in their degree requirements, a student should take time to consider their course completing plan, and maintain regular elective courses to help them succeed in their degree.

Colleges come in a variety of different flavors, from liberal arts colleges, to vocational schools, to professional or technical universities. The purpose of a post-secondary education is to prepare a student for a higher wage profession that requires additional knowledge. All work is connected through various means, and most jobs include some aspect of cross-disciplinary training. Architects often don't consider cross-disciplinary training of much benefit, much like the other built environment degrees. But there is great value in knowing somethings about something else, as they can greatly influence the way in which we work.

Literature courses can be a great inspiration for creativity in architecture, as can biology or information technology. The opportunity for exploring new ways of expressing architectural design will be expanded with a broader knowledge of other disciplines.

The value of understanding more technical aspects of operating a firm or manufacturing material could have monumental impact on how you as a student approaches your architecture education.

Despite a tight schedule, students can find relief and inspiration through elective courses that may not fulfill graduation requirements, but increase their drive to complete a project, inspire creativity, and broaden their knowledge of the economy in which they are a part of, to be more relevant and productive as an architecture student.

The benefits of getting your RN (even if you are already an LPN)

Posted on November 05, 2010

The most basic difference in terms of time commitment is that an RN typically takes 4 years whereas an LPN takes about 2 years. Most of what a newly hired RN will do day to day is similar to an LPN so many people ask “Why get my RN?”. While that is most certainly true it fails to recognize the wealth of benefits that RN’s experience throughout their nursing careers.

One important benefit that RN’s get over LPNs is that they start out by being expected to see the big picture with the patient and read more into what the conditions says about the patient’s status. To be sure a good LPN will do this, but because it is not always an expectation, an LPN doesn’t always develop their skills as intentionally. Another benefit is that RN is that you will be put in a leadership role with the LPNs even if the work you are doing is mostly the same. This prepares you to take on more responsibility and ultimately gives you greater license to care for the patients. This also is an important stepping stone to an administrative role in a hospital. While an LPN or RN may not want this initially, getting the RN will give you the flexibility of moving into that role if you change your mind.

While maybe not the most important benefit an RN will usually may more than an LPN. LPNs average about $40,110 annually as compared to the RN’s $57,000. Clearly if you are worried about the extra cost of 2 more years of school the salary difference will pay for itself quite quickly. If you use your RN to move into an administrative role you can expect salaries of $70,000-$90,000 which may be appealing to some nurses especially near the end of their careers.

While this post is limited in it’s scope, it behooves any nurse to read up and consider if whether and LPN or an RN is best.