While 3 months may not be a "fair trial", I will tell you after 6 years that I have been pretty beat up by the nursing profession. I don't think it is fair to tell someone that they have to wait 3 or 5 years before they can come to the conclusion that nursing can be very stressful, and that nurses are often not treated very well. Maybe a really astute person only needs 3 months to figure that out. I wish I had talked to more nurses before I got into the field. I talked mostly with masters-level and ARNP nurses, and of course, they were practicing with much more autonomy at a different level. Most of the line nurses and mid-line manager nurses (unit managers, supervisors etc) I know now would really like to find something else to do, esp. those that have been at it for 3+ years. When I was graduating nursing school in 2005, I read an article in a nursing magazine describing a study of 200 new nurse grads that had been followed for 3 years after graduation. The article reported that after only 3 years, 65% were no longer in nursing. I was in shock and disbelief. Not any more. I know how hard I worked to get my nursing degree and license, and at the time, I could never imagine ever not working as a nurse, but it sounds really appealing nearly 6 years later. The nursing system is broken, and there will never be any true health care reform without major changes in the way we train and employ nurses. If the patient/nurse ratios were legislatively forced to reasonable levels, the true nature of the nursing shortage crisis would be revealed, and hospitals would have to close whole units, but maybe we could stem the tide of nurses burning out and existing the field. I read recently that if every RN in the US actually activated their license and went back into practice, the nursing shortage would end overnight. The problem is not that there aren't enough nurses. The problem is that we keep burning through them quicker than we can train their replacements. I personally believe that true health care reform must first include a revolution in the nature of how we insure health and pay for care, which must first begin with eliminating all for-profit insurers and providers. All health care should be non-profit. I believe for-profit is in direct conflict with highest and best care. And non-profit must be re-defined legislatively to be really not-for-profit, where CEOs aren't paid in 7-figure salaries and income goes to cover only the costs of actual provision of care. Obviously, this will not solve all of the problems with health care but it is a start, and it would go a long way to improving the workplace for nurses. I truly enjoy working with and helping people, and get jazzed by making someone's life better. However, nursing has become too much about the bottom line, over-regulated and understaffed. I am afraid that if something isn't done soon, the shortage of nurses is only going to get worse, esp. in the acute care fields like ER/Trauma and ICU's. Unfortunately, the regular loss of experienced, skilled, competent and caring nurses will probably continue.