Among other things, it takes patience, empathy, a strong stomach, and pure will. Nursing is not a career you choose strictly for monetary puposes...you just can't. Nursing school is very challenging and requires a great deal of studying and sacrificing; in other words, you may need to put your social life on hold for awhile. Then when you actualy get out into "the real world," a lot of stuff you learned in school is totally opposite. Nursing is an extremely challenging job that can be both physically and emotionally stressful. However, it is a very rewarding career as well. Depending on where you work, you can almost choose your salary and the feeling you get from seeing someone admitted to the hospital sick, go home well, is priceless. You also have alot of different areas to work in, so it's not all doing patient care if that's not your thing. But anyway, nursing is a great career choice and if you feel you have what it takes, go for it!!!