This may be a long one...I recently started attending school again to become a nurse. There aren't many things in my life that I am completely sure of, and for a while, I thought that I was SURE I wanted to become some sort of nurse. That has changed lately...The hospital in our town has a pretty poor reputation, and most people choose to go elsewhere, if possible. I know that if I want to be a nurse that this is most likely where I am going to work. There are a few smaller hospitals near, but none that have the opportunities as the one here in town. Moving away isn't really a choice, as my husband has a good job, and my family is here.My mother was just recently admitted to the hospital, and to keep a long story (semi) short, her care was pretty bad. She would be given one antibiotic one day, then not given another for another 36 hours. Sometimes they were even unsure which antibiotic to give, and would go between two inconsistently. Sometimes they would forget to bring her dinner, and other times she would get two meals within an hour. Tests were ran, and results were supposed to be received within the hour, the results would end up taking a day or more. No one was sure whether or not they were going to run certain tests until 15 minutes prior to testing. She was given a laxative when she had not had a bm for days, and had only been passing blood prior to that... I could go on... Don't get me wrong, there were a few very good nurses, but like I said, there were a few. My mother has been released, and is doing well, but the whole experience kind of left a bad taste in my mouth. I don't know if I want to work in an institution that seems to be completely disorganized. Maybe I had a distorted view of what it is like to be a nurse in the first place, but I was thinking it would be more care, and less politics. Am I overreacting? I don't want to go into a field where I feel that I can't do a good job. I have a long time before I graduate, but don't want to have unrealistic expectations either. Any insight, help, words of encouragement, or smacks in the face would be greatly appreciated!