Nursing isn't all you've cracked it up to be, Bill. I worked in Corporate America for 30 years and hated it for the same reasons you stated in your message. Nursing is soooooo much more than that. I"ve been
a nurse for 2 years and worked in my hospital for 5 years in different unlicensed positions. There's nothing like nursing. When you go home you KNOW you've helped someone whether it be to live or to die peacefully. Each day is different with different challenges, you never stop learning. Some times you cry and some times you rejoice. You are pretty much autunomous because you make your own decisions based on you knowledge base but someone is always there to help you (the nurses you work with). I'd say go for it and talk to some nurses in your local hospitals - see what they say - face-to-face.
Can someone out there help a guy who has been a frustrated accountant/financial type, for years, when I have always wanted to go into nursing, (both my folks were and are Social Workers, my dad taught Social Work at the local University at the graduate level for 30 years)...but feared some of the same issues and stigmas that plague you guys today...
I am obviously not the first to look for some interpersonal meaning in a profession, but with the burn-out rate in nursing much higher than some of the worst administrative, data-nazi, middle mgmt. positions, (along with per-patient ratios pretty much unregulated, and being pushed to the limits of human tolerance and beyond, by fat greedy hospital/healthcare execs,) the pronounced pecking-orders, (as with any workplace, but more so in single-gender dominated professions), along with the obligatory catty-backstabbing working environments, and now a coming invasion of cheaper and much more compliant immigrant Nurses....sounds pretty ducky to me!!
Any kind, honest, or brutal, or all the aforementioned... thoughts here??