I left bedside about 9 months ago, and I feel it's for good. I'm getting a masters degree and for now, just trying to get by on my husband's salary until i graduate.
I think about going back to hospital nursing sometimes, but I just can't. Those days were the most difficult and most stressful times I've ever experienced, EVER, as a human being. My chest would hurt, I'd go home completely exhausted and demoralized, and after a while, at my age, I had to ask myself ....."If these are the last years of my life, is this how I want to be spendiing them?"
And the answer was NO. However, if I was a younger nurse, say, in my 20's, I'd tend to just stick with it longer, pay my dues, and work my way into other positions as soon as I could.
I think it takes a certain kind of person to do bedside ...mostly a very hardened, tough, MEAN person, IMO. And that's what I was becoming myself working there. It did pay the bills, I did get great experience, and I did manage to get my daughter through college, so all was definitely not lost.
Good luck -- find balance.