I am not a nurse, and I may never be one. Though I am pursuing it. I had several reasons.
I never completed my education in no small part due to health reasons it always irked me to death, but going back at an older age I wanted a useful degree that would justify the time, and expenditure.
For a time I was making roughy 50k a year with no degree, but it had insane turnover rates, and the skills there really translated no where else. So job security the ability to find work played a role in my decision.
I didn't consider it before being exposed to nurses. I didn't turn my nose up at it, the thought had simply never crossed my mind, but I wish it had. Upon doing more research I liked what I saw.
The huge draws for me were the ridiculous amount of degree paths, the ability to continue my education very far, job security, a job on my feet, a job I actually care about, solid pay, insane health benefits for the current climate, really good lateral job movement, really good upward movement, and finally the ability to break my education into chunks while still hoping to pick it up someday if I was ever ready for more.
I considered trying for med school, because well I wanted to test my limits, but that really wasn't what I wanted. Not saying I could, or couldn't do it, or make any implications about what is better. DNP degrees are PHD programs, and someday if I get that far I can still try for one. However life happens, and breaking advancements into chunks appealed to me more. I wanted to work in healthcare, and always having the ability to further my education while bringing a real skill to bear that offered some level of security.
Someday I may want to settle down, so the flexible path options really appealed to me.
Nursing just seems to offer more of what I am looking for than any other pursuit.
Everybodies reasons are different. It's not my place to lecture, and really if you contribute to my health your reasons are irrelevant to me.
Mine though have so far been a mix of pragmatic, and idealistic. Which is why I found it so tempting to pursue.
Oh ya, and I love blabbing about my reasons for going for it. Because it makes me feel more confident in my decisions. I am serious that is not snark.