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OP, You have two aging parents and can't relocate. You're a lawyer and accustomed to making reasoned and analytical decisions every day. I'm happy for you that you posted on this site for thoughts and experiences of nurses. Once you make the commitment to become a nurse, it will become a full-time job. If you are able to get your prerequisites, then apply to BSN programs, then attend nursing school, then take licensure exam, then apply for jobs until you get hired, I say go for it. Here are my thoughts: Nursing courses are expensive. Nursing school is ridiculously expensive. Most nursing school instructors are not as rational and objective as most law school professors. They treat nursing students like errant children and the process can be demeaning. The first year out of nursing school, after all the time, effort and money spent, is brutal. If you're lucky, the years following that first year may get better. (They did for me.) What happens if one or both of your parents needs you during the years it takes you to become a nurse? Do you have siblings that can help out?
The amount of paperwork and charting required by nurses is overwhelming. Facilities advertise that they have "gone paperless" and notes are computerized. Nothing could be further from the truth. You will chart, by computer AND written charting, endless checklists and notes. If you're charting is not complete and accurate, dire consequences could result.
If you go forth, you will learn a tremendous amount, not only about anatomy/physiology, pharmacology, care plans etc., things that go into becoming a nurse - you will learn alot about human nature and about yourself.
San Francisco is the best city in the world for nurses. First of all, it's an inspiring place to live. It is so beautiful. The vistas are breathtaking.
The pay is fantastic and staff ratios are adhered to because of heavy union presence.
San Francisco has Major teaching hospitals/universities with fantastic learning opportunities available for nurses.
The public transportation (BART) system can take you anywhere very efficiently. San Francisco is a walkable city. (You don't have to use a treadmill at the gym, just walk up and down the hilly streets of San Francisco.)
Granted, the cost-of-living is high in San Francisco, but nurse salaries are high. Besides rent (or housing), San Francisco is not expensive. The food costs (especially inasmuch as there are so many healthy and cheap foods available), plus no smog/air pollution, makes this my # 1 choice as a healthy city and optimal environment for nurses.
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