I would tell you to really look at what you
want to do. Answer the main question of - why I do I want to be a nurse? Nursing is a very demanding profession, not just during nursing school, but for as long as you are in the profession. If you go into it for anything other than the chance to help make a difference in another person's life, you'll be dissatisfied. The hours are long and the work is hard, no matter what area you work in. If you work in an office, clinic, hospital, educator, or any aspect it takes time and committment.
It does give you a large variety of areas to choose from as far as where you work, and opens up fields that others can't just shift to.
I have been in nursing 33 years, I've worked in many different specialties, large and small cities, and even outside the U.S.
I still love it. Now, I may not always like what the administration or my co-workers do, or all the aspects of the job, yet I still love helping others, even when they are not at their best. You learn to work with people, meet them where they are at, and do the best you can to help, and no it is not always appreciated. You get your positive strokes from those who do appreciate what you do for them, the fact that you see where what you do makes a difference, when that individual everyone gave up on - walks out of the hospital healthier than when they came in.
Your concerns about Hepatitis (you may need to repeat the series) and other diseases you may be exposed to - universal precautions are used with all patients. Protect yourself.If it were not for the precautions we learn to take probably none of us would be disease free.
Nursing is a great profession despite all the negatives you hear. It's just that its no longer one of 3 or 4 choices of careers women can go into (long ago,when I was in school we could only chose- teaching, secretarial, nursing, or homemaker)so many women choose to go into other careers, and its not a career many men want to dedicate themselves to.
Good luck and may God bless you in whatever decision you make regarding your career.
[This message has been edited by Iris in the morning (edited December 15, 1999).]