I did leave nursing and to tell you the truth, I'm absolutely miserable.
That deserves explaining so here goes. I went to a Vocational High School that had an LPN program so when I graduated at 18, I took the boards and became a nurse. While I mostly loved it, there were plenty of things that I didn't enjoy. Most of all, I never had the chance to truly experience the ages of 18 to 24. At 24, everything hit me and I felt like one of my elderly patients so I decided to take a break. 3 years later, I'm still in that mode but like I said, I'm miserable. I work in an office and while my nursing organizational skills have earned me a few stars, that's the limit to my satisfaction.
I'm currently in school working on a BSN and in the process of reinstating my nursing license. Maybe if I had been a little older, and wiser for that matter, I never would have let the license lapse but at the time I thought I'd never do nursing again. Today I have recurring dreams (rather nightmares) of being in the middle of a shift realizing that I don't have my license.
While I'm grateful that I was able to see that I needed a break, I wish that I'd been a little smarter about the license. I know there will be many undesirable aspects when I rejoin the field but at least I can feel good about my daily work and get satisfaction.
Until then, I'll go back to my desk with boredom........