Hi everyone,I'm currently a nursing student doing a one year accelerated program to get my BSN, about one month in. I'm experiencing some doubts about my decision to go into this field and I'm hoping that some nurses out in the field can give me some insight. I've always loved medicine and known that I wanted to work as a part of it. I love helping people and genuinely want to care for people who need it most. I love the material that I'm learning in class and I like that nursing is a stable job that pays well, gives good benefits and has options for movement and growth within in. However, I keep hearing my professors talk about insane staffing ratios in hospitals, as high as 12 patients to one nurse. I hear about nurses being stretched so thin on their shifts and worked to the point of total exhaustion. I'm not afraid of hard work, I do want to work hard especially for something that I feel really makes a difference in someone's life, but I am concerned that I am idealizing the career and that its not how I picture it in reality. I've read more online and some nurses sound totally miserable and stresssed from being overworked and are simply expected to do too much. Now I am afraid that maybe I'm not making the right decision in my career path. I know some nurses really love their jobs which gives me hope.maybe you can give me some insight into what working as a nurse day in and day out is like? My clinicals won't give me the real picture as we'll only be assigned to 1-3 patients for only 8 hour shifts.edit: I have worked in a hospital and nursing home as an intern medical scribe and as a medical secretary for a year.