The most important question to ask yourself: Do I think being a nurse is what I want to do? Only you can answer that question. Nursing is tough. It is tough emotionally and physically. But, most days I am so glad I became a nurse. I graduated with my ADN at 38. I have been a nurse for 2 years. I am about to go back and get my BSN, and hopefully MSN someday. I am in management, and I just accepted a new job at a great ALF, with travel opportunities, and room for growth. My goal is to become a DON or executive director at an ALF. My passion lies with the elderly. I really want to make a difference in their lives.
Some days are harder than others. I have had days where I want to pull my hair out. I have days that bring me to tears, of sadness, and of joy. I have days that I feel like I am making a difference, and I have days that I feel like I am going nowhere. When a resident reaches out and kisses my hand, or tells me they love me, or gives me a sweet hug, it is all worth it. Good nurses are soooo..... needed.
If you really think you have been called to be a nurse, please know you will have good and bad days, but hopefully a lot more good days than bad. Maybe you can arrange to shadow a nurse in a hospital, or visit a LTC or ALF to see what interests you most.
Let us know what you decide. Take care and Good Luck!