I am 41 yrs old and have been a nurse since 1989 & let me tell you that it is the best career I could have ever chosen. I did not know at 18 yrs old that this career would offer me so many options that have worked beautifully w/ my life and all it's changes over the years. My father suggested I try it when all I knew was that I wanted to work w/ people and do something meaningful. Yes, it was hard many times and I had to work for it....but it has brought more reward to my life than i could ever explain to you in an email. My resume' is 2 pages long -with many different types of nursing jobs -- but I have always been a nurse! How many careers offer you the opportunity to try so many different things? Don't think you like the type of nursing you are doing? Try something else! I have been a critical care/ER nurse, travelling nurse (in my younger, single days and maybe plans w/ my husband for retirement years to travel around?), workers' comp, insurance casemanagement/UR (for that Mon-Fri. no weekend/holiday time of life), home care, infusion nurse, private duty nursing, research and development, medical literature review on the side from home.......hmmm.... I think that about tells you all my endeavours. Right now, as a mom, I'm doing nights and sleep while the kids are in school or work weekends.....i work for an agency and make my own schedule (husband carries us on benefits now).......I've picked up 2nd jobs when I've needed to and did a few homecare visits on my way home from other jobs......Sure I've burned out in years past......but that was my own fault for chasing the "almighty dollar" and neglecting my self care needs....but the money is good. I say nursing is a "manipulative income" job......If I need more money - I can work more.......I don't worry about job security....ever! Nusing is the best career! Go for it!