I guess getting started from the very beginning would have me asking myself some questions: What is it, besides a Paycheck, do I want out of this Life-Changing Career Choice? What didn't my Previous Career give me that inspired me to choose such a different career path? What, from this new career path, will keep me going for the remainder of my Working Days?
"Drawn to those hurting emotionally" because you can Empathize with them? Because you want to help them with their Emotional Pain? You believe you have something to contribute? What draws you to these People who are hurting emotionally? Will whatever draws you to those who are hurting emotionally buoy you on for the remainder of your Working days? Or, will you merely choose to follow a new Career Path?
Nursing is a great area to work in for diversity of Specialties, so you can't really go wrong- if you are committed to becoming a Nurse.
Many of us equate Nursing with a Life's Calling. We are whoever we are in our Personal Lives, but we are always Nurses. We see Nursing as the Focal Point of Our Lives. We look at life through a Nurse's eyes, whether we be Medical or Psychiatric- palpating a loved one's veins while snuggling or preventing a tense, personal emotional situation from esculating out of control.
My LPN Instructor's First Recommendation: DO NO HARM. So, of course you don't want to hurt anyone. Why would you even make a statement like that?
My advice to you, kngsbard, is to immerse yourself in Nursing starting.... now! This Autumn, you won't have the time to immerse yourself because you will be immersed in Nursing.
Eat, breathe, and live Nursing.
Otherwise, you'll end up on one of the Forums complaining how tough the Nursing Program is, or how disappointed you are with your Creeer Choice, or how you feel Nursing has let you down, or some other Superficial Namby Pamby Whiney Complaint.
Good Luck to you, kngsbard!