as i read the posts tonight i'm just cracking up! granted i just worked a 0545 to 2200 shift, so lots of things are funny right now. to answer the question, i became a nurse to replace the "high paying restaurant gm's" salary that i had been earning for the past 15 years. i liked working with people (i'm not crazy). i had an instructor that said if you're in it for the money, you might as well quit right now. i was in it for the money. but what i found out is that i was doing it because i cared. i swore as a gn i would not work in ltc, so guess what? i do and i love it. my heart is in surgery and i'll be there one of these days but right now my residents need me. and yes, the money is good but knowing i made a difference to someone is better.