I want to thank everyone for all their advice on nursing programs, you all have been so helpful etc......Now my concern is, I went on to step 2, I spoke to various friends of friends who are RN's. They have told me nothing but negative things about the vocation. I have heard it is demeaning (I heard RN's do all the work, the doctors are demanding and rude etc.), it is completely stressful, long shifts, too many patients, you are soo overloaded with work that making a mistake is soo easy and the liability risk is incredible. Then at the dentist's office, I came across an article talking about the burnout rate of RNs, and how many leave and stop practicing after a few years, and then a 20/20 special advertisement came on the next day stating: The Nursing Crisis, only to worsen with the Baby Boomers becoming older." I defintely do not expect nursing to be a walk in the park, but is is that awful??? I expect stress, life is stressful, I really want to go into this as a long term career. In your honest opinion to those practicing, is it as bad of a situation as the media is reporting??? I am not turned off, I just want to know what I am getting into.