Want to Get into the Medical Field

Updated on February 09, 2012
J.C. asks from Lisle, IL
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I'm looking for some advice on getting started in the medical field. I know I want to work in the hospital, but now I'm trying to figure out exactly what field. I like being around people and helping people, so I was thinking about nursing, but sometimes I have doubts about that field. I start thinking....can I actually do that? Will it be too hard for me? Basically, I was trying to see if there were some nurses out there who could give me some advice?

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answers from Chicago on

Hi my name is liz, I saw your request for help in your decision in the Medical field. I was in your shoes for a while. Going from Medical Assistant to Nursing to something in the Medical Field. But I came across Medical Coding. I wasn't sure what exactly it was read up on it and found it to be exactly what I would enjoy doing. I like yourself wasn't sure if I could handle Nursing or patient interaction. So I decided to do Medical Coding. I found a great college to go to online. US Career Institute Online. Great program to start in Medical Coding. If you are more computer wise and like working with Doctors and on the computer this would be a great job. Basically your assigning codes to Medical Records every time someone comes in for a doctors visit or outpatient vist or inpatient visit. It's a very high in demand job, always growing and ever needed. In today society there are people living longer so more people have more healthcare problems. So in return more Medical Coders are needed. It's up to us to insure efficient coding without us doctors and insurance companies would not get bill correctly. Our job is very important in the Medical Field. Pay is very good starting at 10-20 depending on experience and where you work. Well I hope to helped in your decision on obtaining a degree in the Medical Field. If you need anymore information on the College please feel free to email me back.


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Hello J.,

I am a Family Physician in the Chicago area. If you are interested in working from home in the Health and Wellness Industry please let me know. I have an opportunity that may be of interest to you. Please visit my website at www.scmeeks.executivemarketinggrp.com.

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answers from Atlanta on

I understand. I always wanted to join the medical field but I did not want to go to school for 6 years!! Thats when I found Diagnostic Medical Sonography aka ultrasound. It is one of the few jobs that all you need are an associates degree and you start off making 40,000 a year!! But what I am doing, because many core and precore classes are the same, I am getting an associates in nursing(RN) and in Sonography.So I am getting two degrees and it will only take an extra year!!! Here is a really good website to help you research different jobs. bls.org. it is amazing. Also what helped me is decide between different areas, such as labor and delivery or emergency room nursing, was a career planning class. It really helps you narrow down your options. I hope this was helpful and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I use to be an admissions advisor so I will gladly help you with financial aid, which will pay for all your schooling!!!

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answers from Chicago on

I am a Physician Assistant in a hospital for the last 7 years. I love it. I have and do work with many nurses, and it is admirable what they do. Nursing school for a BSN is about 4 years. The nursing field is very hot now, and there are many job opportunities. If you are not sure about this field, I would try to shadow a nurse for a few days and see what they do.
Just for your information, PA's are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs employed by the federal government are credentialed to practice. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in virtually all states can write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services. PA schools are usually 2 years in length, very intensive, and usual starting salary of a new PA graduate starts at $60,000.

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I am a HealthCare Recruiter for a west suburban hospital organization. The healthcare field that is in demand right now is nursing. I would suggest a 2 year Associates program from an accredited local community college. Then once you obtain a position at a hospital, many organizations offer BSN completion programs at discounted rates, that are flexible according to your work schedule. The nursing shortage is at an all time high rate, with future shortages planned until 2010, because the average RN is age 45+. The only issue is that there is also a shortage of Nursing Professors, so the schools have long waiting lists for the nursing programs. If you don't believe you can do nursing, there are Medical Assistant programs as well, which are 9months-1year, and then you take an exam to become certified. Medical Assts make avg $12-$18/hr, and mostly work in physician practices/clinics. It is not as much science classes as nursing, but you still get the hands on patient care. I would be very aware of these study from home programs, or other allied health programs that are offered for Ultrasound, Radiology, Medical Billing/Coding. Many of these programs are not accredited and therefore will not be recognized by most hospitals. They teach only book work, and very limited clinical time. You want schooling programs that offer both. If you want more additional information, feel free to send me a private message.



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Hi J.. I am an RN at a local hospital in Kenosha; I graduated from Nursing school with my associate's degree two years ago. I love what I do. I actually went to nursing school after my divorce, when I was a single mom of one. If you are serious about becoming a nurse, finding a school and applying is your first step. Many nursing school have waiting lists that are years long just to enter the programs (I mean for your associate degree-usually you can get right into a bachelor program). And nursing school itself is tough- my class started with 60 students, only 39 of us graduated. But if you are willing to work very hard it is a very very rewarding career. Last October I had my second baby, and when I went back to work I was able to go back the hours I wanted, get paid an excellent salary, be home with my family monday-friday, and hold medical, dental and vision insurance, and be reimbursed for my schooling. Nurses are in high demand right now so you are able to work when you want-I think, as a mom, it is truly one of the best career's to have. And you don't have to work for a hospital, you can work for a private physician, home care group, nursing home, insurance company, school, the list goes on and on. If you have any other questions feel free to e-mail me ____@____.com
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