I was passionate about nursing. My family has stuff I used to write, as a child, stating how I would grow up to be a nurse.
"Their spot is taken by people who change their minds". Uhm no, that's not quite how it works. Spots are taken by the "cream of the crop" per se. I know this is a joke, of course, after interacting with most of my nursing class.
I don't really think anyone can realize, beforehand, how miserable nursing school or the nursing field may be. I loved the actual learning, loved patients, and don't even mind the hard work. It's the abuse, disorganization, corruption, bullying, and harassment (by STAFF & classmates), that can make it horrible.
To be honest with you, the people who made the experience terrible were the ones who were there "just for the money". I know this isn't always the case, but misery loves company, and these people were MISERABLE in the program and took it out on everyone else. Staff does nothing and instructors join in on it. It's really quite sad.