I would never suggest this career path for anyone I cared about. Nursing has been incredibly demoralizing for me, especially over that last ten years. It became worse with obtaining my LPN credentials, then absolutely intolerable with my BSN, RN. I got out of bedside and went to private practice. That made all the difference. My body doesn’t feel so abused and my heart and mind are flourishing. I feel I’m more appreciated in my 9 months of private practice than my entire 25 years as a licensed nurse. I was valued less as a licensed nurse than when I was a CNA. That says something. For me, the massive pay decrease was definitely worth saving my sanity.