Thanks HouTx your input is well received. However, I have done much research & the job prospect for nurses in the e Northeast particularly NY/NJ is much greater than that of other regions & other states. I do agree the job market is not great, as is the case with practically every profession, nevertheless some areas are better than others.
As far as the "Idea" vs the "reality" of nursing, hmmm, I'm not sure from my perspective that there's such thing. No offense intended, but I don't think there's much glamour to nursing. The "idea" of cleaning bodily fluids and working weekends & long days is not what prompted my career change but rather the urge of helping others on a more personal level and also what I believe I should be doing.