well, keep in mind I'm still a student so I don't know what it will be like in the real world of nursing, but I suspect that a LOT of people get into nursing without really knowing what they're getting into. I was just shocked at how mnay in my class were unprepared for the work load, lack of a social life, and intense pressure of nursing school
. So I can only assume that if they are unprepared for ns, they will be unprepared for work as a nurse.
I also think that nursing would be a really tough first job for young people. When many other 20-somethings are starting their career and in an office setting, a young nurse has the pressure of life and death situations on his/her shoulders, you know? You have to worry about med errors, pts. dying, pt families, etc.... In all the other jobs I've had, if I messed up someone's food was cold, or I upset a customer or something, but no one could have been harmed physically or killed. That's a lot of stress for anyone, but especially if you started ns at 18 and are on the floor by 21. I'll be 30 by the time I'm done and I'm so scared, so I can only imagine if I had all the insecurities and lack of perspective that I did when I was 21. That's not to say that young people can't be great nurses, just that I understand why there may be a lot of burnout with new nurses.
Good luck to you! See if you can shadow a nurse and get a better feel for the job, read all you can, and work hard for your dream of nursing!!!!