Hi there! I think you really need to do some research into both of these careers, and then look into your own heart and decide where your passion lies. Is there some reason you are looking at just these two professions? They are both admirable, and have a lot in common, such as hard work and commitment, little respect and understanding from the public at large. If I were 20-ish and starting over, I definitley
would not pursue either
nursing. Knowing what I now know and working as an RN for the last 15yrs. The long (12-14 hr shifts) weekends, nights, holidays, mandated call, and the awesome, mind boggling responsibility of people's lives....gets old
after a while. Don't get me wrong....I love
being a nurse, it's the scheduling and politics of it that I hate. Also, know that there will be exposure to every body fluid known to man as well as disease and filth and stench....the most disgusting vile odors one could ever imagine. And blood, sometimes lots of it
....and on you! There is a reason
we have a nursing shortage, and obviously nursing is not
the most glamaorous job in the world, otherwise people would be knocking down the doors trying to be one...
I'm not trying to discourage you, but please prepare yourself for a very grueling career, often thankless.....the only pat on the back will be the one you give yourself sometimes..... If none of that bothers you, well then, welcome to the game!
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I am currently a sophmore in college and I either want to apply for nursing or teacher in the upcoming fall. I am confused as to what I should do. The thing i like about teaching is that I will someday have a family and have holidays, weekends, summers off, etc. I thought I wanted to do nursing until I discovered that many nurses hate their jobs. I was also led to believe that nurses made more than teachers but some information says that teachers make more and they only work 10 months out of the year. Is this true? I am just really confused and need some advice.