Hi there, I am in an accelerated nursing program currently. I had no intentions to pursue med when I started, but now I want to give it a shot just to see what happens.
I would only take nursing if you truly want to become a nurse at the end. Think about if you never make it into medical school, will you be bitter and jealous of all the docs you are working with? That cannot be a healthy way to spend your career. It takes a lot of passion and stamina to be a good nurse.
I cannot speak to McMaster, but nursing school is mentally and emotionally exhausting. Also, it is NOT a good GPA booster. It is nearly impossible to come out with above a 3.7 due to the subjectivity. Two people out of ~220 made it on the dean's list this past year. I know some schools don't consider nursing the same amount of credits because there are too many pass/fail courses, so you would have to check with the schools you are interested in.
Really reflect on why you applied to nursing in the first place, and if you can see yourself happy in that career then go for it. As for medical schools frowning upon nursing, there have been a couple of people in my program get accepted and I know of many nurses who are in medical school currently.
Thank you as well for your input. After 2 unsuccessful application cycles (and a year of serious consideration) I'm starting the Accelerated Nursing program in September. From what I've heard about this program, it is, for the most part, exactly as you described.
One thing to add. If anyone is unsuccessful, or decides to leave the "rat race" that is med school applications, going into the field of nursing doesn't have to end with a career as an RN, though if that is your passion go for it . A career as a Nurse practitioner, as far as I can tell, is very rewarding from both the abilities and responsibilities that they share with MD's, and also the fact that NP's work as an independent unit much like MD's do. I know for certain that here in New Brunswick when someone is put on a list to find a Family Physician, they can be referred to a NP instead.
With all that said, I'm definitely not trying to discourage anyone from continuing to apply to medicine, keep at it if medicine really is your passion!
I know for some, like myself, who look forward to a career examining patients, ordering tests and writing prescriptions, being unsuccessful in your medical school application can be a bummer. Hopefully anyone reading this can gain some comfort knowing there is another option that is similar to a career as an MD.
Sorry for the rant, and please feel free to correct me on anything!