okay, I'll bite...
The shortage of nurses is going to continue to grow in the next decade or so, it may even double. This can be a scary thought because it will further stretch our ability to provide adequate, safe pt care.
The reason that many nursing schools have waiting lists is because there is a surplus of applicants and a shortage of nursing instructors (it takes a special person to be a nurse, and an even more special person to be a nursing instructor
) Most schools have a pretty high drop out rate and even after graduation there are high percentages of nurses who change careers within five years.
Why you say? Because nursing is a very intense and emotional profession. You not only have to be book smart but street smart as well, innovative, quick on your feet, and compassionate. It's not glamourous at all...as some may fantasize; It's not just a collective performance of rehearsed skills, it takes a lot of critical thinking and has a high degree of independent as well as interdependent actions. Working conditions can be tough at times with short staff, difficult coworkers/patients/MD/family members/legal ramifications.
But to a person who thoroughly enjoys nursing the rewards far outway the undesireable conditions. Like I said, it takes a very special person to be a nurse.
If your concern is job security then you should rest assured that nursing is a good profession to choose. However, make sure you are coming in with a realistic picture of the responsibility, dedication, and hard work that it will take. Nurses make pretty good money in relation to other professions, but it is not nearly worth the actual work that we do. So for most, it is not about the money at all.
My best advice is to keep searching the boards for issues/concerns and expand you information base. Try volunteering at a hospital or clinic to see real life nursing. This way you can have first hand experience to draw from and make your own decision on if it is right for *you*. Good luck to you! I hope you find nursing as enjoyable as I have.