1. Yes this is a good field to get into in this area. There are lots of different types of hospitals, trauma centers, and smaller community hospitals all around.
2. Hospital nursing is a good base for getting experience for other nursing jobs
. As PRN said Home Health is not good for a new grad they usually want experience.
3. We vent here but you'll notice that we are all still in it. Ive been doing this for almost 27yrs and I have gripes but I wouldn't have done it this long if If didn't like it. Paper work is a large part of nursing unfortunately, but there is plenty of pt. care. You just learn from experience how to mange to do them both in a time efficient manner.
4. Nursing cuts in
to a great deal of family time but it is probably one of the most flexable professions out there. You can work as little or as much as you want, especially now with the shortage.
5. Perdium is a part time position offered in most hospitals in the PGH area. You usually pick which days you are available and they fill you in. Perdium often is a higher pay because you get no benefits, vacation or holiday time. It's also something you usually do after you get some experience. I think it would be be hard for a new grad who is learning to work perdium. You don't really work enough to learn.
6. It's hard but very rewarding. If you want to help people and feel you've made a difference in people's lives then it may be what you're looking for.
Sewickley Valley Hosp school of nursing is very good. They offer alot of clinical. At least they did when I was there. I graduated from there in 1975 so I'm sure some things have changed but it has a great reputation. Feel free to send me a private message if I can help you in any way.