Interestingly, I too have just read the posts "would you recommend nursing as a career". I had to stop reading after pages one and skimmed through the last page.
Yes, I have heard much of it before and felt a lot of those feelings depending upon where I worked. I have been a nurse for 3 years and have changed postions a lot. I have always maintained two jobs with one being a full time job and the other PRN. Currently, I am PRN status in a facility that I probably wont go back to. I am off today for a job interview
that I know I will get if I want the job.
I LOVE Nursing... it is for me because I do make a diference in peoples lives, make a good income, have incredible flexibility of hours and career paths, learn new things all the time and are challenged mentally if I chose that path.
I recently graduated with my BSN and am looking at getting into possibly Nurse Educator or FNP. Both of these would be rewarding for me and allow me to work for more years as the physical demands of nursing can get truly challenging.
I have seen lots of comrades quit nursing or drop out of nursing school because the rewards were not there for them in nursing. One colleage said she did not like the smells of sick people. Well... to each his own.
Only you can really answer the question you have posed.
Good luck to you and I hope you find peace with your decision. Do not look for encouragement but intrust yourself with the knowledge of who you are and what your potentials are.