Honestly, if you've got 11yrs in the game as an aide, even as an nurse there is no difference with attitudes in jobs. There is more autonomy and pay and in some cases, respect. But I think after such a time, if you still yearn to become a nurse, then become one regardless of the negative reviews. Those negative people that complain....how many of them quit their job? Probably none. Why because there is SOMETHING that keeps them coming back for more, regardless of the reason. You have your great patients and not-so great, but the latter usually does not outweigh the two. You can have fabulous staff and horrible staff but you gotta focus on what you do, and not them anyway. Almost a majority dislikes their administration, but what field generally does?
I like caring for people of all ages (except the little people, peds/nicu). I work Med-Surg and ICU and nothing changes for me with patients or dealing with family members. I like when I have an opportunity to teach a patient (and families) something. Its even better when they are willing to LEARN. It makes me feel that all the headaches (and tuition) of nursing school
actually is paying off (LBVVS).
Everyone's perceptions are different. Best thing is not to listen to anyone. Observe for yourself and see! Good Luck!