Quote from sauconyrunner
I may be particularly sensitive to the word slavery. Remember, you are getting paid for what you do and if you choose to resign, and look elsewhere you can. If you decide not to go to work one day...you may be out of a job, but they will not hunt you down with dogs.
Agreed - true slavery is something I hope you never have to experience, Sonia. Had a BS session with a couple of friends on this very subject not too long ago; one immigrated here from Southeast Asia, the other was in the military stationed overseas. Both had tales to tell that'd make this profession look like a walk in the park by comparison. Getting hunted down with dogs is just the beginning - torture, mutilation, starvation, isolation; you really don't want to go there. End of rant. Phew.
Probably one of the few genuine benefits of the nursing profession is that you don't have to do bedside care; coming from an IT background (which tends to be pretty much the same, regardless of the industry segment you find yourself in) it's a relief to consider that I can go into a substantially different line of work with limited (or in some cases no) retraining necessary. Note that I'm not disagreeing with you in principle; let's face it, you've got to be just the right kind of crazy to make this profession work for you. But, finding your right niche is just as important, and if the niche you're in now isn't doing it - you can always try elsewhere. Good luck doing this in IT - it usually takes about 2 years before your co-workers start asking for the impossible, at which point the only way to placate them is to (a) move into management, or (b) find a position elsewhere.
Were I you, I'd be looking at where I can go with the training I've got, or can get in a minimum period of time with a minimal cash outlay, and consider another venue. Maybe working with an insurance company'd be more up your alley, or running an agency - moving up the ladder into management (at another organization - sounds like the one you're at is a bit on the toxic side); possibly working in pharmacy'd be more to your liking. Or, consider corrections - some people really get into working with parolees & prisoners. Not my bag, but it might be yours. There's psych, hospice, nurse education, even nurse informatics - I personally gag at the prospect of working as a nurse informaticist (I'll do it if I have to - but that damn wolf better be parked on my dining room table before I'll seriously consider it) but, again, it may well be something you'd like.
In any case - consider the possibilities before throwing all that training & experience out the window.