I live in Michigan.... and I am proud of our automobile factory workers. Although it might not have been your intention, it does sound like you are stereotyping when you post a thread titled "Factory worker one day...nurse the next?" and then go on to explain how they look decrepit and un-kept. I too have family in the auto industry, and I can't say that they fit that profile. That being said, I can understand what you are concerned about in your post outside of just making it sound like taking jabs at autoworkers.
I am a 1st year nursing student, and I completely understand what the nurses in our past had to go through to make it the profession it is seen as today. But there are people in ALL professions that are unprofessional and then there are those they hold what they do in great honor. So, it is not simply the "factory worker made nurse" who is causing harm to the profession. I can understand what you are saying when you speak regarding "these fly by night schools". In that regard, they take students money and guess what? do they pass the NCLEX? probably not... especially if you take classes from an non-accredited, here today, gone tomorrow type institution that "pops" up. It is unfortunate that people fall into that trap. It may be because they are so desperate for work.
As far as too many people flooding the marker for RN's.... At least in my area, the number of open student slots remains the same. They may have added a slot of two for someone to fill, but they do not have the number of MSN teaching nurses, or nurses who want to teach to fill those positions. They cannot continue to be an accredited school and have a massive teacher to student ratio... For me, I was accepted, beating out over 2,000 other fiercely competitive applicants. There are people I know that are on 1-2 year waiting lists. So how is that solving their immediate need to become employable? Especially in the Metro Detroit Area where there are huge cuts to not only the factor yworkers, but huge lay offs in auto suppliers, car dealerships, and even in places like Civil engineers because our state doesn't have the money to pay for road updates because everyone is "laid-off"
I consider myself extremely blessed to be in a place in my life that I could be the best nurse possible. I honestly can say, I could not have done it at 18 or 19. Because I did not go into nursing when I was 18 or 19 does not make me "not worthy" of becoming a nurse. A sentiment I feel many people make. I am more than worthy, and in each patient/family encounter I feel extremely honored that humbled that I can be of service to them.