Stick out your year. Everyone feels incompetent in their first year.
Answer these questions with yes or no:
1. Can you afford your student loan payments without your paycheck? Yes? read on. No? Stay in the job
2. Can you afford your house/rent without your paycheck? Yes? read on. No? Stay in the job
3. Do co-workers with 2+ years of experience feel the same way you do? Yes? Get out. No? Ask them about their first year and see if it comparable to how you are feeling right now.
4. Did you think nursing was going to be glamorous? Yes: rearrange your expectations. No: good.
5. Do you ever want to work in nursing again? Yes: don't quit. No? quit.
6. Did you win the lottery or is someone in your family making more than 100k a year? Yes? You can quit. No: Depending on answers on 1-5, you may or may not be able to quit.
7. Do you have a plan other than nursing? That's up to you.
Forget anything where you read nursing is a "calling". Forget about that nonsense. While nursing may be a calling to the select angels and seraphim, the rest of us collect a paycheck. It is a job and it requires time, knowledge, and patience. You will get this, you will know what you don't know in a year. You'll be able to help some new nurse through their first couple of months. This, like nursing school
, shall pass.
The first year is hell, the only way to wade across the flames is to take one year's time. But you do you. Cheers.