Also your other questions about pay, yes nurses make good money compared with other professions, thanks to the nursing union. A new grad gets paid approx 50K NZD per annum (and rising, with the help of the union or NZNO, negotiating with the Ministry of Health), plus plenty of sick/annual leave and flexible working hours, depending on which area you want to work in. And nurses do get pay rise, so the longer you work the higher your income but the most a nurse in a ward earns is about $70-75K. Like most professions, upgrading your practice by taking post grad courses (like masters or phd) will help make you more marketable (higher salary). Certain areas pay more than others, for example mental health.
It is a rewarding career, but a lot of hard work (as you probably know, nurses are on their feet most of the time), and some nurses suffer work related and stress related injuries like back pain, I did lol I worked in a hospital as an assistant for years. Working in a good team and with appreciative patients was the most rewarding part for me. When there are awful patients or awful teamwork/management then it's so stressful it can lead to burnout, fatigue, and depression. Knowing that, I still decided to pursue my bachelors degree and hopefully make a difference in the future. You'll find that most patients are great and most wards have fantastic teams! Just be realistic, open minded, and enjoy the journey, if you do decide to enrol after your high school studies. Hope to see you in MIT
I do mentor first semester students