Quote from llg
I would recommend nursing if the young woman (or man) were making an informed choice and properly prepared to have a successful career.
Nursing offers many different possible career paths -- different roles, different specialties, different settings, different patient populations, different work schedules, etc. -- as well as good job security and a reasonable (if not stellar) compensation. It's a good career choice for many people.
The key is to treat it as a career and not just a series of jobs. Think long-term and get a good education, preferably an advanced education that will open up a wider variety of options, better working conditions, and better compensation as your career progresses. If a young person were prepared to do that, then I would not hesitate to recommend nursing as a career.
I agree - the nursing world is huge and has so many great choices.
So, yes I would recommend nursing to my children. Actually my daughter has recently said that if acting doesn't pan out, then she is interested in nursing.
I encouraged a young man who graduated last year and was interested in nursing to give it a try. He decided on his own to take a CNA class and now is at a university going for his BSN.
Nursing is a mix of bad, good, mediocre, fantastic, wonderful, exciting, heartwarming . . . .you just have to find your niche.