sounds like a bunch of grumpy, unhappy, overworked and underpaid nurses telling you this. did they have anything good to say about nursing? i hate that all some nurses do is complain, complain, complain and don't encourage anyone to do it. that is my biggest pet peeve.
i wouldn't change my profession for the world. yes, nursing school
is hard, but everyone on this board got through it, and if i ever had to go through it again personally i would. yes, working weekends, nights and holidays sucks, but hell a lot of us work 3 12 hour days a week and get 4 off...that is not so horrible, considering everyone else in the world has to work all day for 5 days, and only get 2 days off. yes, we are underpaid...but money isn't everything, and it is a lot more than what some ppl make. i am living comfortably. yes, there is a nursing shortage and we are overworked, nobody can argue that. yes, some doctors treat us as if we are nothing, but i have met a lot more doctors that value my opinions and my work. yes, you can catch diseases but not that easily, i personally have had 2 bloody needle sticks and am negative for everything. i have been coughed on, puked on, peed on...and i am not sick. i know a nurse that has been there for 35 years, and has had everything happen to her...she is negative for everything. it is a risk...but everyjob has some risks...right?
i feel that nursing is very rewarding. seeing someone leave the ICU after they were sooo sick is rewarding. getting a hug and a thanks from the patient or their family members, gives me the best feeling. when a doctor comes up to you and says "thanks for doing this or catching that" makes you feel valued. many of my coworkers have become my good friends, there is a lot of commradery. ect....
do what your heart tells you!! i grew up wanting to be a nurse, i shadowed and got the same answers you did. i still listened to my heart...and now i am a proud RN!