It's such a good idea for you to look into this before enrolling in nursing school. There is a high burn out rate in nursing and it is very stressfull especially if you're a concientous, patient advocate type of nurse. I've been in nursing since 84" as a floor nurse, charge, asst manager, manager and home health. There is LOTS of paperwork, lots of time on your feet, not much time to pee or eat or breaks...:roll , what breaks?!:roll However, the rewards come when you see how much you impact your patients and their families. It almost makes it all worth it.
If I could do it all over, I would go into physical therapy school. It takes 4 years, but it's closer to 1:1 or 1:3 (patients) depending on what you're doing. No toxic meds to mix, no bodily fluids to come in contact with daily, no sharps, still hands on, and if you have ever been to a PT for some sort of hurt, then you'll know just how much they are apreciated for their help and their teaching. One perk is when your shift is through you can use the equipment yourself and stay in shape. I know several PT's that started in a hospital setting to gain experience and then started their own business and are doing well and are happy!
Just an idea. Good luck to you. It's a big decision. God Bless:angel2: