I went through a very difficult period during my senior year of my BSN program and extending into the first year that I was a nurse. I felt as though I made a huge mistake choosing nursing as a profession. I disliked all of my clinicals and then my first few jobs as a nurse and I really felt as though nursing was not for me. I stuck with it and although I still have moments when I wonder where my career path will lead me, I am glad that I did become a nurse.
I would strongly encourage you to get at least a year of clinical nursing experience before you make any drastic decisions about a career change. A year of experience will open many, many doors of opportunites outside of acute care. There are opportunities in nursing informatics if you want to work with computers. I have a good friend that works for an electronic medical record company and she travels around that country and helps hospitals install the system. She does about 70% of her work at home, talking on the telephone and troubleshooting with clients. There are other opportunities in informatics also, but this is just an example. There are also lots of other nursing jobs
that do not involve direct patient care. However, at least a year of bedside experience is usually necessary to obtain these positions. A year will go by quickly, especially when you are starting a new job and spending a few months in orientation. It may not be as bad as you are anticipating.
There are other reasons to get a year of experience, even if you decide in the end to leave nursing. If you work for a university hospital system, they usually cover a portion of tuition for course-work at the university. My hospital system covers 75% of tuition. If you decide you want to go back to get another degree, this will help to reduce costs. Also, you can't beat the schedule for having a job and being able to take classes. After a year, you could look for a per diem or contingent position and decide when it is convenient for you to work around your class schedule.
Also, getting at least a year of experience will show future employers that you were at least willing to give it a shot. Nursing experience will allow you to bring a lot of transferable skills and life experience to the table, no matter what career you end up pursuing. You may not be able to see it now, but this would be very valuable to employers in different disciplines.
You never know where life may lead you. Ten years from now you may regret never having worked as a nurse. It will be so much harder to get back into nursing if you never worked in the field. Think carefully about your decision.