Hee, Hee, Hee, we talk about this at work all the time....my answer is yes, no, yes, maybe, no...mmmm I'll get back to you on that. Like many other "lifers" (over 24 years) I have taken time off to work in other careers, some low paying (retail at a craft store, a picture framer, radio as a DJ) some a little better but not as good or as flexible as nursing. I come from a pretty messed up family, maybe I miss the abuse! I keep comming back, and I think it's a pretty good gig when I only have to work part-time, full time wears me down.
My goal is to be debt free, live simply and work less with more down-time to take art classes and marine biology classes.