Hello everyone! I am currently a HCA having graduated from university in July 2008 (I am 23). I love the healthcare industry and love being a HCA. I am trying to decide whether to persue a career in nursing or medicine. There are advantages and disadvantages to both and no matter how much soul searching I do..I cant come up with answer..some people tell me I soul search too much! Browsing the forums, I have noticed that you are all very helpful and there are quite a few nurses who have now decided to go into medicine, so I thought I would ask for your advice. I know it is ultimately my decision, and ultimately only I can make this decision..but the more insight and suggestions/advice I could get, the easier this decision may be..if the decision to do medicine is ever considered easy.. Here are some of my ideas:- The advantages of nursing over medicine is the course would only be two years, I would have no debt at the end of it, its more family friendly, maybe slightly more patient contact The advantages of medicine is its a challenging career, it has higher responsibility, its more academic, dare I say higher salary, it has to be one of the most rewarding careers of all time. The disadvantage with medicine for me is even if I took the shortest route and became a GP, I would be about 35. I wouldnt even graduate until I was 30 provided I got in first time. Ultimately, its the debt afterwards...how easy is it to pay off? how quickly? and by my 30s I would hope to have a family and dont want a debt interfering with my ability to take care of kids? I should also probably state that I have a 2.2 in my degree although I am not afraid of the GAMSAT. Or are my work colleagues right, should I stop worrying about the future and kids that dont exist yet (although family is the one thing I have always wanted) and live in the here and now? One of my favourite quotes is life isnt measured by how many breathes you take, but how many moments take your breath away? Maybe I should start living and stop existing... Thanks in advance for your advice..I look forward to hearing your thoughts.