Quote from karl farmer
nursing schools are all hateful places. 52 started in my class, 30 graduated. they especially tore up single mothers. the nursing profession is the same, there are no kindred spirits, and no camaraderie, whatsoever. and btw- the latest bent is asking if you have any mental illness, or take any meds- that way you can be put in an impaired nurse program right off the bat. might want to learn to relax, and find that massage is a better diamond in the rough than you thought it could be. and also might want to keep a lid on anything that may ever end up online, meaning available to anyone. it's not a nice place this country is heading towards. ohm~
it is absolutely not true that all nursing schools are hateful. my bsn program was very tough to get into, but once there they did everything they could to support you and help you succeed. i got so stressed out with school, work, and a new baby that i decided to withdraw from school and just give up on the whole thing. the dean called me into her office and said they were not going to give up on me. she told me to take a semester off, then come back the following semester when i had gotten some rest and perspective. that's exactly what i did. the faculty was fantastic-they wanted you to be great, safe nurses.
neither do i agree with your statement that is no "camaraderie" whatsoever in nursing! i have had great jobs where the nurses worked as a team, had your back, socialized occasionally outside of work, gave baby showers or wedding showers, recognized birthdays, went to funerals, etc. i have observed strong camaraderie in other units at my hospital. one of the icus had nurses who had all been there for 15 years plus because they loved working there so much. almost zero turnover.
to the op, while i disagree with some of the negativity here, i do agree that nursing school is very stressful, very difficult. my concern is how you would handle that kind of stress while trying to maintain your mental health. nursing after completion of school can be very stressful also, particularly if you are not lucky enough to land in a unit which has a positive culture. though a unit like that has never been an experience of mine, they are certainly out there.
nursing is a tough career. but many of us love it and wouldn't do anything else. you must consider all the negatives very carefully. ultimately, no career is worth having your mental health and peace of mind destroyed, and without knowing much about mental illness, i would encourage you to think long and hard about this and get some feedback from professionals who know you, perhaps family members who have seen you under stress.