I recently graduated with a BS in Clinical nutrition. I did a 1 year internship at a university medical center. I found myself increasingly interested in more direct patient care than clinical nutrition would allow. I craved the skills, the knowledge, intensity, and importance of what the nurses around me were doing. I am a deeply caring person, soft-spoken, hard-working, hands-on. Despite studying nutrition for five years, I haven't been able to drop this desire to become a nurse. Right now, I am applying to nursing schools. In a way, this will be a "2nd career" for me.
To be honest, especially after reading many many posts (concerning the reality check of every day nursing, the corporate problems, short-staffing, etc), I am TERRIFIED to enter this field. I am afraid of making a huge mistake. I want to take care of people, but it's as if I'd be committing suicide by going into this field. There seems to be a big "WARNING" label on nursing that just might scare me away!!
What I need to know from you nurses already out there, working day to day, would you advise someone like me to start this? Is it highly possible that a caring, motivated person can be happy in nursing? Or would it be wise to pursue something else?
I am idealistic person, and know that the reality shock would be difficult for me, but I just might be able to endure THAT part of it. What does everybody think? Should I go forward with nursing school, or run the other way??!!