I have worked full time as a bedside nurse since 1974 except for a recent medical leave. I still learn new things. I have great coworker's, they have my back and I have theirs. My manager is also great. Is she perfect? No. But I'm not either. Middle management is hard. She gets her marching orders the same as I do. While I was on my recent leave, she kept my job open for almost a year. She didn't have to do that!
Is my job perfect? No, but I don't know of any job that is. Try to get a part time job with reasonable pay in any other field. Hard to be a part time teacher. Hard to be a part time engineer. A part time attorney works 40 hours a week!
I went to college right out of high school and have not regretted my choice. I went to graduate school when I was in my 40s and chose to remain at the bedside. I would have been equally happy with many other career choices. My BFF is also a nurse so I suppose I would never have met her if we hadn't both chosen nursing.
I don't necessarily like all the changes that have happened in health care. Sometimes I feel like the inmates run the asylum[emoji6]! In short, I think your job is like so much in life--it is what you make it.
I know this post is a little disjointed so I have it makes sense.
And sure, I would still like to make more money. Who wouldn't?