Nursing was not my 1st career choice. In fact, it really happened by chance. I actually started nursing school the first time in 1975; I had no medical experience, where everyone else in my class had tons! I thought I wasn't really cut out to do this.
Unfortunately, life got in the was MANY times. But after my first time in nursing school, I KNEW this was what I wanted to do! It took me almost 19 years to finally graduate (I received the Perseverance Award at graduation) and I have been a nurse a little over 10 years now.
I LOVE what I do! Yes, sometimes I gripe about management (they are probably the biggest PIA!), staffing, my pay, some of the patients! But, when that one patient sez "Thank you!", I forget about all the negatives. Your feet hurt, your back hurts; heck, I even was hurt at work and out of work for 1.5 years! But when someone is getting well or lives because of what I did, I feel proud! Most of the time, I feel confident in what I do (the other times, I find out the answers); it has really help my self esteem and self confidence. I finally like myself because I know that I am good at what I do! I don't "know it all" and NEVER profess to! I can't imagine myself doing anything else.
The hours s*ck sometimes, but I only work 3 days a week! Now I am traveling; have been doing it ~2.5 years. I think I have really found heaven! I have always said that even if I won the lottery tomorrow (but I THINK I have to play, first!!!!), that I would still work as a nurse!
Being a nurse is not perfect, it is not glamorous, it doesn't necessarily head you toward the millionaires club, but I LOVE IT!!!