Being a nurse is very difficult, very stressful, and you must put up with a lot of bad things, bad situations and awesome amounts of responsibility for the very lives of others.
Just looking in from the outside, seeing all the want ads- there seem to be so many jobs available that pay so well....
If anyone goes into it just for the money, they don't last.
I recently read an article that cited a study that showed that nurses are the MOST disatisfied workers in any field.
There are really good reasons why so many hospitals are offering sign-on bonuses, and seemingly high salaries. Many nurses have left nursing because of burn-out.
Stats show that there is no real "nursing shortage". There are many more licensed nurses than there are jobs. Almost 300,000 licensed nurses in The U.S. are currently working in non-nursing jobs
IMHO, nursing is something that you must feel passionate about in order to do it. Its very rough at times.
Just keep browsing this board, reading the threads. You'll get a good sense of Real World Nursing here.
Best of luck to you in whatever you decide.