Quote from ronsprincess
Is the pay and benefits in nursing really as good as everyone says?
Depends on your perspective as well as what specialty and what type of facility you choose to work in. Huge swings in wages and benefits depending on employment situations. Look around the site, and you'll see more on this.
How did you become interested in nursing?
It was to be a second (or third?) career, one to "return to" after having had children and seeing them off to school. A friend who is an APN thought I'd be good at it and suggested I apply to school; I decided I thought I'd be good at it, too
If you have kids, does your job allow you to have enough time to spend with them?
Again, depends on the hours and where you work. One of the advantages of having an RN license is flexibility in scheduling; if you work in a facility that's a 24-hour operation, then all the better. I work nightshifts so there's no babysitters or daycare for school holidays, half days, snow days
How often do you have to work major holidays?
Ah, a touchy subject EVERY holiday season! See many threads on that in the General Discussion Board. But essentially, plan on working LOTS of them. Depending on the arrangement you have at your place of employment, you may get ones off based on lottery, an alternating (work one, get next one off) system, seniority, etc. But you can expect to work holidays, weekends, long hours if you're going into most fields of nursing. NOT working them means clinics or offices that are closed then, but the pay, as you can expect, can be quite a bit less.
What are the good/bad things about nursing?
Sorry, way too long to write any answer to this! I suggest you read the many many threads on these boards to find that out!
Do you get to pick your shift or if you work full or part time?
Another "depends" here. If the need in your area is great enough, if the facility has the flexibility you need, then you might well find that you work days if you want, or eves or nights if that's your preference. But you might not get such choices if there's alot of recent hires and you're a new nurse. I wouldn't expect to have the final say on any of that until you get a feel for where you'd be working, and what the nurses there do.
You're welcome, and good luck