Sooooooo I've been thinking about starting nursing school, however, some of my
local hospitals have had layoffs lately. I'm concerned that this may not be the best time for a career change. Thoughts?
I was just starting nursing school when hospitals in my area were shutting down. I immediately got worried, but had already put my eggs in this basket. Once in school I learned that the landscape for nursing was changing significantly, but that there were still jobs even for recent grads. It's just a matter of having realistic expectations given your local job market and maximizing what you can bring to the table while you're still in school.
I'll echo some of the themes of the PP. Nothing is certain, no matter what you decide to pursue as a career. Today's job market is simply that, today's market. The landscape will likely be a much different place when you graduate nursing school. Whether it will be better or worse, well, no one really knows...
If nursing is something you are interested in pursuing, I say do it! Don't become preoccupied with waiting for the "perfect" time, you'll likely spend all your time just waiting.