Nursing has given me so many tangible and non tangible experiences and opportunities and I will be forever grateful for it. I've been a nurse for almost 6 years & was burned out by the 4th! I loved the idea of being a nurse as a child and teenager and even during college. When I began clinical, I got a hunch that I wouldn't be retiring a nurse. I'm 29 years old and left my first and last Full Time job as a visiting nurse last February after having a nervous breakdown (no good) which triggered anxiety, depression, & stress. I went and hired a life coach, a therapist, began practicing self care extensively and almost 1 year later I'm still in recovery. I've always been Per Diem except for this time around; tried adulting and failed miserably. I am now Per Diem and even that can be overwhelming for me. I guess my values have changed and my awareness has grown a lot since I was 22/23 years old and I just don't care to be in this environment anymore. Nursing doesn't do it for me like it did 3 years ago. Family and friends dont really understand because "I'm such a good nurse" but if I stay, I'll die a depressed, miserable old lady. I'm going through a transition period right now just trying to figure out what's next in my life. It really sux having a career (that most would die for) that I've worked so hard for, and be willing to lose everything and start all over again for the sake of my mental and emotional wellbeing. To each is own. Get in tune with yourself and do what feels good in your heart. We're ever evolving beings. If you change your mind later, that's okay. On to the next you'll go! Nothing is a waste of time. Just all lessons on life's journey. Good luck!