Nursing is an attractive career in many ways. It pays well, there is always demand for new nurses, and it is rewarding to provide an invaluable service.
It is possible to get some nursing jobs with an Associate’s Degree from an accredited college, but it is usually a good idea to get a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree to be competitive. The courses required to get these degrees can be very difficult because a nurse must be extremely knowledgeable about anatomy, biology, physiology, and chemistry. The books for these courses are also expensive. It could require out of pocket expenses or more than one grant to complete these degrees. After obtaining the degree, it is necessary to pass a national licensing exam before beginning work.
Nurses typically work very long hours and spend most of that time on their feet. It is important to consider the stress level involved in making decisions in life or death situations and that it can be emotionally draining to care for sick patients.
It would be wise to volunteer in a medical environment to see if this career is a good fit before investing the time, effort, and money in a future as a nurse.