I am 47 years old and have been a nurse for 24 years. My response is a resounding "NO!" If you thought your white collar job was stressful
, you ain't seen nothin' yet!!!!!!:uhoh21:
Look closely. Look hard. Research. Do a job shadow if you can. BE SURE this is what you want. All I can think is, if I had your opportunities, I might go into something in the medical field, but I wouldn't do nursing unless it was getting a Master's or PhD and doing research or something.
I have left the floor (bedside nursing) for a much quieter, calmer, better paying job in a high rise office, doing a job that still uses my nursing license, but is sooooooooooooooooooooo much less stressful, that I pray to God every day that I can stay here til I retire!!!!!!
My daughter is an RN and has worked on the floor for three years, and is in the process of getting her PhD so she can do research and teaching. She said going from working in a warehouse doing manual labor to nursing was such a culture shock!!!:trout: She says in the warehouse her personal integrity and thought processes, as well as fairness and discipline in the workplace, were more respected than they are in the hospital, (and no there was no union in the warehouse), and she is honestly so shocked and disillusioned by it that she cannot stand it. But she feels she has put so much time and money into her nursing degree that she has to do something to use it.
Just my opinion, for what its worth.
P.S. As the other posters have said, it is a hard physical job. And there are a lot of patients, families and doctors alike who are very hard to deal with. But for me the biggest problem is being stepped on daily by the management from the floor manager on up -- and I substitued "step" for another four letter "S" word.