Alrighty....I'll try and compose a list.
* Many different places to work as a nurse, i.e. clinic, long-term-care, hospital, operating room, home health, clinical trial studies, schools, cruise ships, prison, etc. If you really don't like one area of nursing, that's okay....you may just need to find a different type of work as a nurse.
* Ability to make positive difference in patient/family's lives :redpinkhe
* In demand job field (although the current economy has affected nursing as well, the need won't go away though, especially in the years to come)
* Ability to earn enough to live comfortably
* Wearing scrubs! I feel like I get to wear pajamas to work. Can't beat that!
* Many times you are expected to do more than is possible. For example taking care of too many patients and being expected to document a lot of stuff as well.
* Physically, emotionally and mentally demanding work.
* Work around many infectious diseases.
* Not being able to leave work/take a break at a specific time. Your shift may end at 1900, but if you didn't get all your documentation done, or transcribing orders, or taking care of a patient that is actively vomiting, or you work in surgery and it went much longer than expected, or you got an admission in 15 minutes before shift is over, you won't get out on time. It's typical for me to stay 1/2 hour to an hour to finish up with all the required paperwork. My family know that I NEVER get out on time.
* Losing a patient.... Some try not to get close to those they care for, but that can be very difficult. I have cried more than once when a patient was lost. Like I said, emotionally demanding!
* Long hours on your feet.
Many of these factors depend on the career you choose as a nurse and the education you choose as well. The pay also greatly varies depending on the area of the country and the employer. For example I live in the midwest and LPN's here make anywhere from $14.00-28.00/hr. RN's $16.00-42.00/hr. And if you have your MSN the pay can be much greater. Major metro areas generally pay better than the rural areas. Once you get into nursing you end up figuring out the range of pay in your area through other students and nurses you come in contact with.
Have you though about working as a CNA (nurse assistant) as you obtain the pre-reqs required for nursing? It can really help you decide and helps you learn much of the basics of nursing, i.e. bed baths, transferring, I&O, etc.
Also, many schools have a wait list. Here is a website that lists schools that currently have no waiting list. :typing http://www.discovernursing.com/nursi...-waiting-lists
Hope this helps you some!