nobody can tell you what to do. you have to weigh the pros and cons. as a single mom whose kids are growing up way too fast, i can tell you, i wish i had been able to just stay home with my kids, take care of them, and watch them grow. but as a nurse, i love what i do, and my kids, teen, preteen, and elementary school, already have things that take their interest and they don't want to just hang with mommy, though we are very very close. nursing gives me great satisfaction, fulfillment, confidence, money
-- ok, not great money, but good money-- a good career that will not go away--check into different fields of nursing, there is a lot out there. i started at a prison, and actually loved it while i was there, which was surprising because i was shy, easily intimidated, and not confident. now i work in an operating room and LOOOOOVE it (read that in a singsong voice) you are probably going to have some trouble getting back in somewhere because of being out since you graduated, but try a prison, or nursing home--you may have to take a crappy night shift to get your foot in the door. if you don't maintain your hours, you lose your license, so make a decision quick. it was hard to get into the hospital, and i think you kind of have to know someone or, like i said, take a crappy off shift. but after you have been there for a while you can ask to transfer. did i mention i love the operating room? you never have 15 patients (or 3 in icu) you have a whole team of people to take care of your just-one-patient-at-a-time, and you are NEVER trying to lift a 500lb patient with only 1 or 2 people like on the floors. and did i tell you i LOVE the operating room
pray about it.