Thanks. I am being sincere about asking themselves "what they expect from a nursing career?" "likes/dislikes about previous job", etc. because if they are currently a desk job person that gets evenings/nights, weekends, holidays, etc. off and really likes that best about their current job but wants a job that helps people and also want to make big bucks, so they automatically think nursing....um, that isn't going to happen.
The nursing jobs that generally give weekends, holidays, etc. off are like clinics/health depts/ etc. and they tend to get paid lower because of that reason and they don't have the stress level (let's be honest here) that say an ICU nurse has (I have to admit though, I think ortho nurses/hip and knee replacement units are very stressful because they have to patients up out of the bed and going not too long after surgery (like 24 hrs) and they do a lot of transfusions and having to get patients ready for PT...that was one unit that was not my cup of tea at all--run, run, run all day long--kudos to you, ortho nurses)
Anyway, I have seen quite a few people who want decent money from nursing, yet do not want to work holidays, weekends, nights, and do not want to clean incontinent patients, etc. I think people really need to think about what they are getting themselves into. Also, if the economy was good, would they still want to do nursing? I think in a couple of years or so, the economy will get better and the tables will turn, yet again, with employers and nursing jobs (or any other job).