nynursey, i agree with you. our mother entered the profession during the first legit nursing shortage, and graduated as an NP just as the second shortage wave hit. She truly doesn't seem to get that the experiences of new grad nurses today are not going to be anything like hers.
When I was job shadowing before nursing school, I had a lot of nurses tell me the same things. I'm a bit sensitive to criticism of the "you should have done your research before you went to nursing school" variety, because I honestly thought I HAD done my research. I thought that in addition to looking up the BLS forecasts and whatnot, talking to actual nurses in real life about the profession would give me the best idea of what it's like.
i know some of my other posts may come off as overly negative about the profession- but really i have absolutely nothing against nursing as a profession. If someone has the interest, desire, aptitude, and temperament for it, AND has been given a realistic idea of what the profession is actually like, that's freaking awesome and that person should go for it.
My problem is with people being pushed toward nursing when they are ill-suited for it and/or don't want to do it. tbh it makes me angry when people are encouraged to go into nursing based on lies and misinformation, i.e. it's easy! there's a shortage! it's recession-proof! it's just like Grey's Anatomy! no it's not any of those things.