If you are intelligent, caring and concerned somewhat about yourself as well as other people, you will not become a Nurse. There are many other fields that are very gratifying (not just $) that you can find much more rewarding.
To begin with, unfortunately most nursing professors are mediocre so far as inspiring anyone. They merely go through the motions of "teaching".
After all, they no longer need to do all the basic work they used ot be required to do. I always loved seeing professors and nursing managers in long flowing gowns walking around with clipboards!
But when it came to helping new students, forget it. They selectively chose a few, and ignored the rest.
The various posts on this site overall attest to the problems inherent in Nursing. The intent is noble, but the results are sad.
Nursing is a field of work that is noble and requires dedication. Many nurses are overworked and stressed, and treated poorly on the job by physicians as well as their own nursing co-workers. It is truly an unfortunate situation. Sure, some manage to work through it all on a daily basis, but that does not negate the basic, inherent problems that exist in the Nursing field from day one of Nursing school all the way through years of a Nursing career.
That is why there is such a shortage of good Nurses. It is not due to people not wanting to be Nurses and Nurse others, but rather because of the numerous inherent deficiencies in the field of Nursing, from Nursing School all the way through employment. Most sane people would say "who needs it" unless they just have to be involved with it.
Just my opinion, and I am sure some will disagree with me, but let the facts speak for themselves. It is not just my short thread that indicates it is so.