I am finding myself in an interesting situation. I am have be seriously contemplating leaving my first RN job. I graduated in Aug '08 started my job in Sept (ICU) (I've been working 7 months). I am a second degree nurse (previous job in research). The environment at my current job is becoming too much (the structure, lack of organization, some people are actually trying to get rid of me, etc). For those and other reasons I think that hospital nursing is not for me. I understand that being a new nurse is hard and that coming from knowing alot in my previous job and going back to being novice is difficult. I never like to quit anything or run away from things but I have to draw the line when my work is completely destroying my spirit and physical causing me problems. Also I am afraid that I will be asked to leave or change floors (finding myself one of those nurses eating young victims) before I have chance to make that decision myself.Ideally I would like to get into clinical research (and I have been looking) but there are no jobs in my area at this time. I believe that returning to research, but with my RN would be an excellent fit and better use of my previous experience and my new experiences. I've also looked into office nursing and have an interview (no guarantees, but hey they've given me interview!). I posted some of this is other posts, but I wanted to hear from any other nurses who may have found themselves having to leave or contemplating leaving their first nursing job before that magically "1 year mark" (particular those that left the hospital environment). Thanks!