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Am I crazy to go into Nursing in this day and age?

I'm in my 30s and have decided to quit teaching to go into nursing, so it's back to school for me. I'm excited at the prospect of nursing someday and will begin my studies in 2026, but I work with nurses at the moment and I'm not exaggerating when I say that every single one - every. single. one. - is all burned out and have advised me against the profession. They've outright begged me to run for the hills and "not make the same mistake they made". Most of them came into the field with a burning passion for the job, and now they dread the next day of work, and the next, and the next. Of course there are good days, but it seems like the bad days can be *really* bad. Many have told me that they would easily pick any other profession if they could turn back time; for others, they've settled into the job because they have no other choice and are simply going through the motions. I'm trying not to be discouraged, and I wouldn't want to discourage anyone else reading this; I've seen the strikes, I know that nursing isn't all picnics and roses, and that stress comes with the job, but i didn't know it was this bad. these nurses are on survival mode.

As a former teacher, I had my own passion kicked out of me, so it's eerie how the nurses sound identical to me when I was at my rock-bottom during my teaching, and I wonder if I'm just jumping from one stressful career to another.

Are there any nursing students around that can share their experiences so far with their placements? Are you still looking forward to nursing someday despite the challenges?
I'm in my 30s and have decided to quit teaching to go into nursing, so it's back to school for me. I'm excited at the prospect of nursing someday and will begin my studies in 2026, but I work with nurses at the moment and I'm not exaggerating when I say that every single one - every. single. one. - is all burned out and have advised me against the profession. They've outright begged me to run for the hills and "not make the same mistake they made". Most of them came into the field with a burning passion for the job, and now they dread the next day of work, and the next, and the next. Of course there are good days, but it seems like the bad days can be *really* bad. Many have told me that they would easily pick any other profession if they could turn back time; for others, they've settled into the job because they have no other choice and are simply going through the motions. I'm trying not to be discouraged, and I wouldn't want to discourage anyone else reading this; I've seen the strikes, I know that nursing isn't all picnics and roses, and that stress comes with the job, but i didn't know it was this bad. these nurses are on survival mode.
As a former teacher, I had my own passion kicked out of me, so it's eerie how the nurses sound identical to me when I was at my rock-bottom during my teaching, and I wonder if I'm just jumping from one stressful career to another.
Are there any nursing students around that can share their experiences so far with their placements? Are you still looking forward to nursing someday despite the challenges?

Good morning @O444 ,

It sounds like you have a big decision to make.

Nursing can be very rewarding. However, it will come with challenges, as all jobs do. My sister is a qualified nurse, and she loves her job; she decided to work in a GP practice rather than a busy hospital. This was the best fit for her, and there are many options once you qualify. Another option my sister contemplated was to work in a private hospital, as they are smaller, with a higher nurse-to-patient ratio; therefore, the nurses are less rushed off their feet and have more time for individual care.

Similarly, my Grandma was an A&E nurse. I know she has some slightly disturbing stories about her career, but despite the ups and downs, she was a nurse for over 40 years. So, I think it will depend on you as an individual. If you truly believe you will enjoy nursing, then I highly recommend it. Also, you can choose between paediatric and Adult Nursing.

Currently, at the University of Reading, we have Pharmacy courses where you can learn to become a qualified pharmacist. This is another way of working in the medical sector and with patients. This link will show you the pharmacy courses.

I hope this helps, and if you have any questions please contact me.

Many thanks
Ella 😄

BSc Ecology

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