I've been an RN for a very long time. I used to very easily recommend nursing to others who asked me about it. But now, I don't know what I would recommend. I have a friend, a single mom in her 30's, who wanted to pursue nursing. She had talked to myself and another RN friend (a CRNA actually) and we both said go for it.
She did an accelerated RN program, did very very well in it, along with working and raising her daughter. Once she graduated, it took her 9 months to find a job. She had to accept the only offer that came her way, which was for a float pool in a large hospital. She was SO stressed out over the acuity of her patients, and the long hours, and was actually making less money than she had as a waitress in an upscale restaurant. Now she has a large school debt also. She's quite unhappy, and my friend and I feel terrible. Nursing for us was very different when we started out.
I no longer do work as an RN myself, although I keep my license up. But if I wanted to, I have the experience and know I could get a job. I instead have a home-based business.
So would you still recommend, in today's world, for a person to go into nursing?