While I am not a nurse, I have worked in public service for my entire career. I'll share that you can never underestimate the power of having a job that's meaningful to you. Helping others is not just my work, it's become part of my identity and part of how I access joy. Even on the hardest days, I am alway very clear on why I do the work I do. That can't be said of other careers.
1. you can find a job anywhere, even on a cruise ship!
2. there are many different specialities such as ICU, Operating Room, ED and you can bounce around between specialities and learn new things
3. opportunity for career advancement such as CRNA school, management, Nurse practitioner, etc
4. there is a good amount of flexibility that gives you the opportunity for a good work-life balance. For example, you could have a per diem job and only work one shift a week with premium pay
5. unlimited options and possibilities with what you can do with an RN degree
6. because many nurses are leaving the profession and with the growing elderly population, there is an increasingly high demand for nurses so you will have no problem finding a job and don't have to worry about job market saturation as in other professions
1. hospital politics and corporate greed are put above safe patient care, safe staffing, and safe ratios in a lot of hospitals
2. depending on your speciality, it can be extremely stressful work considering you have people's lives in your hands
3. it is a VERY physical job
4. holiday and weekend work requirements (in the inpatient setting)
5. shift work (some may see this as a pro, but I personally didn't enjoy working the night shift)
6. verbal and physical abuse from patients
Cons: You might encounter very sad situations and possibly even be with people in their last moments on earth, so that's not for everyone. Also, if bodily fluids or other personal issues make you nauseous may not be a good fit.