Thanks Gungeon for your insights.My advice would be keep doing the MN, its probably the one of the stable and safe jobs you can get. The conditions are pretty good too (pay the union fees). It's a good springboard to another health career whether it be med or something else.
Also, by your post, I'm assuming you started the MN to boost your GPA for post grad medicine?
My undergrad marks are sufficient to apply now for some unis and it's just an issue of getting a decent GAMSAT score. I've struggled to self-study for the GAMSAT though as I do prefer structured learning like at uni, so I think I will definitely need to do a prep course if I want to give the March 2022 sitting a real shot. Have heard good feedback about one comprehensive prep course but it requires a substantial time commitment and submission of weekly essays. I don't think it's going to be manageable to commit to it alongside full-time study/part-time work. I do have the option of putting a pause on the MN program or switching to part-time study (2 units) so that will give me more time to focus on the GAMSAT. Do you think this will be a good idea? It would of course delay my course completion until 2023.
I don't want to give a bad impression by what I will say next but I think it's better to be direct so I can get honest advice. I'm struggling to decide between chasing my med dreams or settling for nursing (albeit probably living a very comfortable life). I'm a realist and if I do decide to pursue med at this point, then that will likely mean giving up my current relationship. My partner is encouraging me to finish nursing as early as possible so we can start life. Med would be another decade potentially.
I am aware of the low retention rates and nursing shortages. Many grads leave the profession after 2 years and TBH, I feel that will be me. If I continue with nursing then it'd be largely because of my partner's encouragement. This is how I see life panning out though: work 1-2 years as a RN after, get married, live a comfortable life (he's in med), probably be a stay at home mum, and probably start a business/social enterprise venture of some sort after having kids. The alternative is to focus on myself and my own aspirations but to potentially go through life alone. Do you think I will look back in a decade's time and feel I've spent so many years at uni, worked so hard (probably doing a lot of overtime), and regret having given up other facets? Can someone share their experience of whether being a doctor is worth it in the end or would you go back and pick a comfortable life?