Good advice! : )
OP, the time you spent in the hospital with your mom probably gave you a pretty good idea that you'd be okay with the hospital environment. For myself, one of the biggest dilemmas I have with bedside nursing is that for all of the wonderful technology, knowledge, skills and compassion nurses may have to offer, it can be an endless juggling act. Several balls are in the air at any one time and they are constantly changing in weight and number and direction! Also, there often is literally more that needs to be done than can realistically be done by the nurse. And somethings you simply have no power over but you bear the brunt of being a first-line provider. You've got a bunch of new orders that need to be done, physicians to call, a patient who is nauseated, another patient to prep for a procedure, another patient who needs pain medicine, another patient who was just given a bad diagnosis, is scared and has a ton of questions. Wherever you start, the ever-changing nature of acute health conditions means nothing every goes according to schedule. Anything can be bumped at any time for an emergency. Or it may be more mundane, you discover a patient ate something when they're supposed to be NPO and now the procedure must be postponed. You may now need to get new orders (leave a message for physician, hope that you're available to take the call when they call back sometime in the next hour). While you still need to do that dressing change, change that IV, and find some pillows for your newest patient since the linen closet is empty (again!). Some folks thrive in that environment . Just like some folks are okay in their cubicle M-F 9-5. No one loves everything about their job. Full-time bedside nurses are 12 hours straight, 3-4 days a week, 12 months a year, often working holidays, weekends, etc.
Just food for thought! It sounds like nursing might be a good fit for you!