It's funny this thread was brought up. My coworkers ask all the time how could I leave the corporate healthcare setting, which was well paid and highly respected, to go back into nursing?
I chose this field for the love of it. Matter of fact, I am more interested in nursing education for the love of building a strong healthcare force. Of course, I wouldn't do this without a paycheck. I would, however, choose nursing if I were independently wealthy.
There are some who go into the field for the money or perception of stability, that's fine. But, if I were chasing the dream of being wealthy, nursing & healthcare would be last on my list unless I were to head back into the corporate setting. Even physicians aren't paid accordingly in my opinion.