As a recently unemployed 45 year old single woman, I am looking at a career change. It seems all we hear in the media is how short the nursing profession is and the upcoming demand. In reading through these posts, though, it seems that new grads can't get jobs, sounds like there may be a real "nurses eating their young" epidemic (possibly, job insecurity? - bullying) and if you want to live in a city such as Calgary or Edmonton, it is going to be difficult to find a position full time.
I think that nursing can be a great career because you are helping people that are truly in need...I worked in construction for 11 years and I can honestly say that the amount of drama I heard from people when things didn't go as planned (heat drops in their basement for example) made me a little sick to my stomach. I guess I can understand or at least I hope that I would be more sympathetic to people when it involves something as crucial as their health. I also think it has some real diversity in the field and once again, after being "restructured" out of a job, job security would be an asset...or at least a union.
Anyhow, I am very green and possibly naive so I am looking to you for some experienced guidance. Please share with me, as I am considering investing a substantial amount of time and resources in the after degree nursing program at the U of A and need some real world advise from people that are in the profession.