I was not 'called' to be a nurse, in fact I was the only one of my classmates who did not want to be a nurse forever.....
Before the days of major liberation, there weren't many options discussed as career choices.
I became a nurse because I could not afford 4 years of college. [I wanted to be a teacher] The counselor suggested nursing. It was 3 years and our local hospital gave tuition support. Why not try it??
It was the best thing for me, I went to school learning what nursing is, not what it isn't. Many of me classmates became disillutioned and grieved over their lost perceptions. I came with a clean palette to paint upon!
As liberated I became in the 70s, I was realistic enough to know that nursing is one of the very few professions where you can change hours and shifts to suit your family life.
I wanted minimal outside caregivers for my children, I could work 3-11 so they only went to grandma's 2 1/2 hours a few days a week.
When the last one was in first grade, I went to days so I could be home at night with them. Many people work nights for the same reason.
I have been able to constantly learn what nursing is. I experienced Med-Surg, Peds, ICU, Emergency, supervision, etc. All a wonder to behold!
I have been able to do some teaching, getting back to my first dream. Only now my students are adults who are interested in learning, not some high schooler who does not want to be there.
[nothing against teachers, my 2 daughters became teachers]
Even as a supervisor or director, your skills are being used. We nurse the nurses and find ways to get our ideals of care to so many patients!
Now I am moving into nursing informatics, yet another job, but STILL a NURSE.
problems, yes we all have issues, but I'd pick it again and again.
just some rambles from and 'old' nurse
good luck to all