I am sorry you are not finding Nursing as wonderful a job as you thought you might have. It may be that you have not found the right place to work. There are so many different choices. Have you considered looking for a different department to work in? A different hospital?
I know if I would have gone through nursing school
straight out of high school I would have ended up doing floor nursing and would be burnt out by now. It is one of the toughest jobs ever. You seem to never be able to get "caught up".
I am in the OR and love my job. I learn something new all the time. Plus, with being a OR nurse you only have one patient at time and not multiple patients needing you to be there a.s.a.p. Although things can get a bit hairy in the OR...it is it's own little world and you will work hard. I promise that. But I don't feel so "overwhelmed" that I feel the need to leave the Nursing profession.
I have also been blessed to be able to fill in with the pre op area as of lately and find I like it too....plus I get to do things like start IV's and help with invasive line placement which I love.
I really feel for you being dissatified with your current situation and don't want to see all your hard work becoming a RN go for nothing.
I would suggest looking around for another area of expertise...or another hospital.
You may be totally floored with all the possibilities that are out there. Dont take this one area and think that all areas to work as a RN are the same...Believe me they are not.
Good luck and I hope you stick with it b/c I think eventually you WILL find the home you have been looking for.