As with any field, there are good and bad nurses. Yes, there are some who bad mouth other nurses. But then there are the ones who make you PROUD to be a nurse. The nurses I work with are that way, they are knowledgable, kind and compassionate. The doctors, I would say 99% are fun to work with and really apprecitate nurses. You will even get the ones who say, "I don't know, what do you think?' Problem is, you get that one percent and they make your life miserable:trout: As far as the job market tightening? Hmmm, don't know where she got that information, last I heard there was a nursing shortage. Sounds like she needs to get out of her office more, there hasn't been an abundance of nursing jobs since the late 90's. Matter of fact, they are going to other countries recruiting foreign nurses.
The whole thing with nursing is finding your niche. I could never, ever, ever do med/surg or rehab. I would be miserable. However, there are those who cannot do Hospice, which I LOVE. As far as wear and tear on your body, there are so many different fields of nursing! I know a nurse who works for an attorney, there are nurses who work for the county health department investigating group homes, nurses who work for insurance companies reviewing claims, nurses in pharmaceutical sales, the field is wide open! I would say with your background, you would be far more compassionate than a young newbie. Would love to have you work with me!