I have to agree with Donna that I'm bit taken back by the number of negative comments on the bulliten board. Nursing has always been an interest for me and I am giving serious thought to going back for a second bachelors in Nursing. (Got my first bachelors in 1999 in Communications and am currently working as an event planner.) There do seem to be a lot of very unsatisfied nurses out there and I find it worrisome. I thought (stupidly, I suppose) that the upside to nursing would be a family-friendly profession with rewarding work, flexible hours, decent pay and lots of opportunity for over-time. Judging from your comments, it sounds like the rewards are few, overtime is forced, days off are wasted on exhaustion, and the pay scale varies (greatly) from state to state.
I want to be a nurse because it's a career that "cares" but it worries me that no one seems to care about nurses. I also like that it offers many opportunities in terms of career paths and I wonder if there are any Nurse Practicitioners, MidWives, or Traveling Nurses who have comments regarding their career choices.
I wonder if - aside from the extraneous factors like long hours, and not be appreciated - if, you like your work. On a day to day basis, do you like working with the patients? Do you like working in a hospital setting? Do you like your co-workers? Do you like going to work every day? Is nursing fun? Is it rewarding? Is it worth it?
Going back for a second degree is risky for me (not to mention expensive!) and I'm second guessing my choice, based mostly on your comments.
Thanks in advance for any replies.
P.S. - I'm trying to find a hospital in the Washington D.C. area that will let me, as a non-student, shadow a nurse (I'd like to get a taste for the daily grind before I commit to the schooling). Any information or leads would be very helpful!