Shadow some nurses and decide if you willng to accept some of the negatives, such as lack of respect, low pay, hard physical work. Being expected to do plenty of menial task such as nurses aid work ( cleaning plenty of poop), clek work, acting like a waiter it goes on and on. Nursing is stuck in a time warp with some of the things they still expect you to do although when you go to nursing school it will be very hard and you will think that you are training to become a college educated professional. However, once you get out and have days where you clean poop and vomit all day or do some of the housekeeping you will realize what the hospital really thinks of nurses. In some small hospitals if you have a BSN you will have as much education as the CEO but will be expected to do work that they feel is below them.
The positives are job security, a sense of doing something that really matters. The pay is about what skilled labor makes (twenty something a hour). But on the low end compared to other college educated professions. If you compare it to a blue collar trade it is not that bad, you get benefits and job security. And maybe that is the direction bedside nursing is going, I have read that community college nursing programs
(ADN) are up with enrollment,however the unversity level programs are seeing a decline (BSN). And in general the new grads I see coming out of two year programs seem to be more content with the job, compared to the new BSN students. Most of which are already either going back to school or getting out of nursing all together. I think it hard for young people who go to college for four years and work their butt off in a BSN program to then find themselves cleaning poop and other menial task and not want something better.