I have been accepted to nursing school and start in this fall. I am a 30-something (closing in on 40) mother of two young children with a M.Ed. in Teacher Education (Language Arts). I have taken the last few years off to raise my children and have now decided to go for nursing for a number of reasons. It is a helping profession, I was in the healthcare field long before I went into education, the career opportunities, the salary, the stability . . . not all that different than many of the posters here. I am at a true crossroads. While I thought I had made my decision and stuck firmly to it, I have recently started to waiver. I am not doubting my reasons for becoming a nurse. It is a profession I do feel passionate about. And while starting all over, again, is not exactly ideal (being in classes with some of the students I had as an English teacher is a possibility), I am fine with it. However, I am wondering if it will all be worth it. I know it is different for every person. Every nurse, region, specialty, position. But, I really need some honest feedback. I've scoured the forums and found some great posts, but the field of nursing has changed so much, especially with today's economy. It seems as if everyone and their great uncle are going into nursing. A few of my students who barely graduated high school are now nurses (they could one day be my boss). What does that mean for the profession? For new graduates? I had thought about going all the way, FNP. But it seems there are a lot of people taking that route as well. What will THAT mean in terms of job prospects when I am finally done (five or so years from now)? I know no one has a crystal ball, but honest feedback is really going to help me put this all in perspective. And finally, especially for those of you who have taken on nursing as a second career, how do you feel about your decision now? And for all nurses, tell me how you feel, what you think of your profession. I am asking a lot, so I thank all those who reply in advance. I really need some guidance . . .