More often than not, I find that people in the general population are supportive. My husband is an RN and when he says what he does, he gets the "Oh, okay," with a positive tone of voice and a nod of approval. When people ask what I do, I tell them I am in nursing school and get, "Good for you!"
My only naysayer has been my sister in law. Now, I am 41 and she is only 24, so we have the generational difference going on, but she's also a very self-centered, immature, miserable person to boot.
I see her maybe once a year, and she spends the whole time slinging underhanded insults at me. She started school with the intention of doing Occupational Therapy. Then she switched to Biophysics. Then she said she was pursuing Pharmacy. When it became apparent that she can barely pass her classes, let alone get accepted to Pharmacy school, she said she was going to be a Physician's Assistant. This is the same person who said to me, "I would never want to be a nurse and wipe asses all day. I hate old people. They stink," with so much vitrol in her voice that it was almost confrontational. My husband (her brother) and I both set her straight fast. What's sad is that she thinks she would be good as a PA, when she can't stand the elderly? The girl has no business being anywhere near health care, because she has zero compassion for anyone but herself. I think she's better suited with a career as a stripper, actually...and I'm only half-kidding.