I agree with the above comment. It depends on the institution. I worked at a hospital as an administrative assistant and the health benefits were good. Often medical facilities will have decent healthcare plans because they can access better insurance and also can provide services to their own employees at a greater discount. But that is not always the case. And, I don't believe, that at most places you will get better insurance just because you're a nurse rather than if you work at the same place as, let's say, a secretary, or in HR, or in any other department. And, nursing is no piece of cake. It's not a quick fix. It can often take 3-5 years to obtain a nursing degree, and then often you don't get great shifts at first. I guess i'm just saying, if you're interested in healthcare, there are other positions besides nursing. But kudos to nurses! nurses are some of the hardest working, under appreciated people out there and often i trust my nurse way more than the physician that is treating me!
diagnosed: Crohn's Aug 2005
other set-backs: Vasculitis Aug 2006, Sub-total Colectomy (10 inches of colon left) Feb 2007, Ogilivie's Syndrome Mar 2007, Pulmonary Embolism Sept 2007, Collapsed lung Oct 2007, Recto/Vaginal fistula Nov 2007
Asacol, Imuran, Remicade, Humira, Prednisone, Canasa, Fentanyl, Warfarin, TPN