I went into nursing because it combines science and technology with with liberal arts, it allows for autonomy yet involves being part of a team, it's important, it pays decently (I know there are those who dispute that!), and most of all, it's very flexible. I have done bedside care, been in administration, developed programs, negotiated contracts, participated in research projects, worked in clinics, homecare, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. Depending on my personal life's demands, I have worked evenings, nights, days, and on call. Yes, there have been days when I felt pretty beat up at the end of a shift, but in general, I have felt respected by the other members of the team and appreciated by the patients. To me, nursing is like a good book: it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it makes you think.
One of the clerical staff where I'm currently working is now in Nursing school, and I told her I've had lots of oppotunities as a nurse, and I felt it's a pretty good gig. She looked at me, surprised, and said " You're the only one who's told me that. Everybody else says to get out while I still can!"
I think that's sad.