Welcome to the whirlwind of nursing school, or your at the beginning, so welcome to the most anticipated waiting period of your life. It is indeed very overwhelming, especially when you look at EVERYTHING that must be done in order just to be accepted. My best piece of advice is to put your heart and soul into it. If this is not something your passionate about, school will be a nightmare and a regret. It is a hard program, and is indeed not for the weak, (academically or non driven individuals). Financially, as a nurse it depends where you live, and where you work what your salary will be. Not to mention as a new R.N. you start at the bottom of the totem pole, usually. Also as stated above, nursing for some people is a calling, and for others it is a career they chose for other reasons. Either way your attitude and professionalism will determine what type of nurse you are. Good luck if this is the career you choose!