I am a Registered Nurse. I went into nursing school right out of high school, and I have been one for twelve years. I have worked in Med-Surg, Telemetry, Critical Care, home health, public health. I have thought about getting out of it so many times, but I never did. I just kept going back to school part-time while I was working, hoping that more education would bring me more opportunities. I am a few months away from getting by MS in Nursing, and I don’t even want to be a nurse anymore! I agree with what everyone on this website has said about hating nursing. I have tried to support the profession, welcome new nurses into the profession, tried to get respect for it, but I feel like it’s all been in vain. It’s just an endless battle. No one (including patients, families, doctors, other health care personnel, etc.) has any idea what you do as a nurse, what your responsibilities are, how hard you work. It’s just inhumane sometimes. I used to be energetic and healthy. Now I have irritable bowel syndrome, back problems, chronic headaches, and I am always tired. I am looking for another profession to get into, but I just don’t know what to do. I can’t afford tuition. My husband and I just bought a house, and we have tons of credit card debt. Plus, he just lost his job. I feel trapped! Has anyone else out there left nursing for something that you love doing, and are you happy now, and if so, what is it? I feel like I am suffocating in this career!