hi jason! (the mother in me wants to call you 'boobala' w/outstretched arms
i made the mistake of listening to my mother.
when i was 17, i wanted to be a nurse.
more specifically, i wanted to major in public health and work w/AIDS pts.
i ended up listening to my mother, who encouraged business.
and i worked in the business world for the next 15-20 yrs.
bad move. i was miserable.
i went to nsg school in my 30's and am happy.
follow your heart, but be realistic.
will you be able to find work in the music profession?
nsg offers alot in terms of decent wages, flexible schedules and being in charge.
as an rn, you are in charge of your patients.
you are expected to assume a leadership role, but also in collaboration with the healthcare team.
you would probably start out in bedside nsg.
you will be exposed to blood, urine, feces, vomit or any other secretion known to mankind.
it's much more than doing 'tasks'.
critical thinking skills are essential.
knowing how to assess any given situation is key; as well as prioritizing.
it's juggling, organizing, balancing a plethora of md orders, pts' needs, pts therapies, knowing what to delegate to others, interpreting incoming and ongoing data...it goes on.
many get burned out because of high pt loads and not enough support from mgmt.
it's crucial that you know how to take care of yourself and keep yourself well.
but inspite of its' drawbacks, it's one of the few professions that is so very personally rewarding.
but please, make sure you're doing it for the right reasons.
whatever path you pursue, give it your personal best.
wishing you everything good.