I didn't read the rest of the replies, and you'll see why here in a second, but... Being a nurse is what you make it. I still love my job after 6 years. I went straight into the O.R. out of nursing school (4-year degree) when everyone said I wouldn't be able to or "shouldn't" for whatever reason. I've known plenty of people who got into the ER right out of nursing school (usually did externships while in school, etc.) I never worked nurse externships or as a tech during college or ever before that - I kept my $20/hr call center job part time. If you aspire to go to ICU they'll try to sell you nurse residency programs that you're stuck in for two years, or, you can enter at some other job and work your OWN path to the ICU (for example). ---- The point is, there ARE nurses out there who love their jobs. There are times people will complain about their jobs... And I have definitely heard nurses in the real world that I live in every day complain about nursing. Don't let anyone else's attitude steer you wrong. There are actually a lot of things to hate about being "employed" as a nurse, but I can't think of any other job I'd rather do, I love my career, and I actually like what I do because I maintain a decent attitude and focusing on my patients keeps me positive. When you maintain a good attitude, it's a little contagious - people will want to work with you, help you, have you on their team, etc. and it doesn't matter if you are the "most" skilled or experienced nurse who has everything memorized and has been doing it for 20 years, etc. And being positive in your work day will carry over into your patient care, too. Anyway.... if you love nursing, that's all that matters. You are allowed to love it, and it is possible to love it.
And when you get some experience under your belt, you can get out of a nasty job and find another one. Because your confidence will get you through interviews, your attitude will be more important than you think, etc.
(p.s. I stopped reading this message board on a regular basis a few years ago, LOL... there's a lot of negativity here.... There's a real world out there where people's advice on here doesn't apply, most of the time.)