Right off the bat, please let me say that I , too, will be taking a pay cut to be a nurse. So, no - it did not have any bearing on my decision to be a nurse.
Having said that, please note that questions relating to salary are sticky subjects here. People may slam you thinknig that you are only in nursing for the money. Which is pretty funny. If i was going into a profession for the salary, it would not be nursing. Ask some of the experienced nurses out there.
The one thing that bothers me regarding salary posts is that no one seems to want to answer the questions. People think "oh she's just concerned about salary" and the posts tend to go unanswered. However, whether i am seeking a job in nursing or in investment banking, i am going to seek out the "best" company to work for and as such will take into consideration such factors as working conditions, salary, benefits, etc. Yet somehow when people ask these questions as it relates to nursing jobs, you are viewed as somehow 'in it for the money'?