I have yet to become an RN but I am more cognizant of the harsh realities of nursing than my peers. My mother is an LPN, two of my uncles are RN's, and two of my closest friends are RN's. I have seen their quality of life have its ups and downs. Although many of you may treat this as a naive issue on my part I have and always will say this. The grass is always greener on the other side. Yes, there are other fields that "statistically" have equal or better pay for less or the same education and "improved working conditions" but numbers won't equate to your individual experience. I have seen too many computer science majors tank in the job market due to not wanting to relocate to larger cities where the jobs are actually at. I have known plenty of accountants who hate their lives because they are basically punching numbers in a cubicle for hours on end, so on and so forth. Every job has its downsides. I don't choose this field for any sense of glory or respect. I understand that should I make it through nursing school I may work very odd and grueling hours, with little to no praise, or even support sometimes from my peers. The work is hard and sometimes seems impossible to maintain long term. Bureaucracy and politics exist in every work environment and that's just, unfortunately, an aspect of the working world. Bedside nursing has the highest turn over rate. I know from my uncle's experience that often times people who become burned out at the bedside to find their work much more satisfying when they become some sort of specialty outside of acute care. I have yet to even make it to my preceptorship, let alone work a regular schedule as a floor nurse but I don't anticipate my first job to be a pleasant one. I know myself and from what I have seen I don't see myself doing it for long (bedside that is), but I do enjoy a lot of aspects of nursing. Coming from a guy who has worked a variety of service roles I would rather not get praise for pushing medications and saving someone's life for decent pay, than wait and buss tables for dollars and pennies. If you actually have a genuine love for computers and technology and are willing to chase down jobs then, by all means, change your career. Hell, I may do the same thing when I inevitably face the same situation as you. But don't completely switch careers because you feel stuck in the area you are at or the facility you work in. Try different things in nursing. Don't put all of that time and education to waste (even if in reality you never used the majority of it). You chose nursing for a reason beyond praise and recognition (I hope). Don't let that be the reason you quit.