Nurses feel overworked, underpaid and uber-stressed

Most say they love their jobs, but don't like the side effects

A survey conducted by the American Nurses Association says the multiple pressures associated with nursing responsibilities and the health-care setting translate into significant stress levels among nurses.

The job can include overtime (and you don't have a choice) and, since your base pay isn't always that high, overtime may not mean that much extra money.

You're on your feet for hours on end, running from place to place, being asked to handle task after task, so physical exhaustion is a problem.

And almost every customer you meet is on-edge and scared. And why not? There's a chance some of them could die. Literally die.

Welcome to the world of nursing.

"Hospital nurses are overworked, even in primary care," says a local 31-year-old registered nurse who wants to remain anonymous for fear of being fired. "I am expected to do the job of three full-time registered nurses - mandatory overtime, long shifts with little pay, poor benefits, not to mention the compassion-exhaustion effect.