I think for some people nursing is a calling. For most other people, if you like it you do it if you don't you get out. I liked nursing and now i'm doing my RN's. I never had any plans to do nursing, when i finished school i started doing a science degree at university, didn't like it and left. My dad is a psych and DD RN, he works with people who have developmental disabilities currently.
He saw an advertisement in the paper for assistants in nursing, and asked if i wanted to try it, and i did and enjoyed it and enjoyed nursing. I know people who started doing there assistant in nursing in the hospital where i trained they didn't like it and left. By the way in australia, RN is the highest then comes the Enrolled nurse and at the bottom are your assistants in nursing, which i am proud of!!! Most people think nursing is all butt wiping, and there there always will be butt wiping going on. But there is more than butt wiping, there is the care of the patient, and the highs and lows of nursing. Unfortunately, the public still thinks we wipe butts which is sad, it is up to us to say yes there is a bit of that but it's not all butt wiping. One of the posts in here says hospitals wouldn't run without nurses i totally agree. We provide the care and emotional support, where as doctors provide the diagnosis and bang there gone. I certainly agree we should be paid more as educated profesionals we should enjoy the benefits other educated professionals recieve. Doing your RNs isn't easy at university it's a lot of work, i think that should be recognised. Anyway what are your thoughts, i have raved on enough!!!