I love being a nurse. I could not see myself being anything else. I love how I not only get to help patients at their most vulnerable, but I also get to incorporate my love of science.
If I could go back in time to when I first declared my major in school, I wouldn't change a single thing. "Nurse" is more than a job to me; it's an identifier. I always seem to add that in when I introduce myself to people (less so now, but allllll the time right after I graduated). I find such a sense of community among nurses of all kind.
Not to say there is nothing wrong with this proffession. The hours and the pay can be unfair, depending on where you are, and as a PP said, understaffing proves to be a real pain in everyone's behind. At the end of the day, you have to mussel through the tough days because that ONE day when you feel as if you got to make a real difference in the life of a pt is worth it.