Quote from INLUVINAZ
What turns me on to being a teacher is the hours and time off.
You should really choose your career based on what you think you'll love doing, not on the hours. I would suggest interviewing teachers and nurses to try and find out which career is right for you.
Speaking from personal experience, I am a teacher who is just now trying to get into an RN program. Teachers hours are never what people think they are, especially in your first year. Your evenings/weekends will be spent planning, grading and figuring out curriculum. This may get easier in your second year, if you teach the same grade/subject, but some schools rotate subjects/teachers and tweak curriculum every year. As a teacher, work definately comes home with you.
Also, you don't get the same amount of time off as the kids. Plenty of days (yes, in your summer break too) will be spent meeting with co-workers/administration or doing some kind of training. You may also get "asked" to help out with after school activities (you will do this if you want tenure at your school) and summer school.
Realistically, I got into work by 7am and out of work by 7pm if I was doing an after school activity. If there was no after school activity I would get out by 4-5pm. I spent at least the majority of one day on my weekend grading, planning, etc.
Not trying to put a damper on teaching for you. If it is your calling then I'm sure it will be very rewarding for you. I just wanted to give you a more realistic picture about the hours.