1. Opportunity for travel.
There are travel nurses. You can do a google search on travel nursing to get more information, and there is a forum here for travel nurses. I am a student, but I have seen that there are pros and cons to doing travel.
Depends on the area. Some places pay RNs $15/hour, some pay $25/hour. Check www.salary.com
for more information, but don't take their numbers as set in stone, a few people here have said the numbers are off for their area. I know they are low for my area.
3. Job stability.
My impression as a student is that the job is as stable as you make it for the most part. As the nurse, you will be the one who gets burned out or bored working in a certain area and you may go looking for something else. As long as you are GOOD at what you do and don't endanger patients, etc. then I think you can probably stay at a job for many years if you choose to.
4. School (2 years or 4 years?) (What to look for in a school) (Difficulty) (And anything else you would like to add)
The length of school is a very personal choice. We all have different reasons for choosing the path we have. I am in a hospital diploma program. In my area, pay is the same for all RNs regardless of degree. Advancement opportunites are more limited for non-BSN holders, but there are exceptions to that. I have a BA in another field, so that helped make my school choice. Nursing school
is hard. There are 4 here, and they are all hard, although one is easier than the others...it also has a much lower NCLEX pass rate. Look at the programs offered in your area and usually one will stand out as meeting your personal needs.
5. This might sound stupid but do you need a extremely strong stomach? I think I do but then I have never seen anything extremely bad.
I would imagine it would depend on the area you want to work in. You will have to be able to stand odors, sores, infections, poor hygeine, etc no matter what area you are in. The thing that really bothers me is detached body parts. I haven't seen any of those yet, don't plan to work ER or trauma, so hopefully I won't have to deal with that.
6. Your overall opinion of nursing and anything else you would like to add.
Nursing is a very underrated profession. Most people have absolutely no idea what a nurse really does. It isn't all about taking BPs, temps, and giving shots. You have to be a quick thinker, you have to be able to talk to people when they are sick and hurting, you have to be able to manage your time well so you are able to take care of the 8 very sick people assigned to you. It isn't just about money and job stability.