I’ve been a RN with my BSN for 40 years. It is hard, but one of the most fulfilling jobs one could ever have in life. The positive far outweighs the negative in this kind of work.
If you have a passion to help people, you will do well. There are so many opportunities for growth and such a variety of different areas you can go into as a Nurse. I started with medical- surgical nursing, then became a home health nurse, then a float nurse in the hospital. My heart’s desire was to help people with wound care and ostomy care. So I got certified as a wound/ostomy and continent nurse later in life. It was totally worth going back to school at 50 years old - took a 8 week course. I love what I do.
It's great to see you're exploring becoming a nurse; you have a ton of options as far as how to navigate your career if you choose this. As you said it's not an easy path to follow but it can be very rewarding in many ways considering you'd provide great care to patients. As a nurse you have options as far as various levels of care and specialty areas you can follow. I recommend enrolling in college to obtain your BSN and complete your licensing afterwards; during your 4 years of college you'll complete hours upon hours of clinical opportunities in order to graduate (you truly get out of this, what you put in). These clinicals offer you significant insight on the various specialties you'll be exposed to and ultimately, help you decide what you'd like to practice. A lot of nursing students apply for jobs at hospitals as nurse assistants where you get to learn and ask nurses for advice!
You have the great benefit of being able to apply for a job virtually anywhere due to the nature of the job! I'd recommend meeting with a counselor at a university or signing up for college open houses to ask more about becoming a nurse. It can be challenging at times, but if you set your mind to it you can get a chance to provide great care to your patients!
Best of luck to you, hope this helped a bit!