I have been a nurse for 5 years and my stresses levels have increased a lot since I have graduated. I suffered from panic attacks the first 2 years of nursing, to this day I actually see a therapist for this problem, even though I have not had a panic attack in a few years. You post makes me realize I am not alone, nursing is the hardest job I have ever had. At my first job, I used to be jealous of the cleaning staff, they did not have to worry about killing someone or someone falling out of bed. I am still on anxiety meds, I have been through a few jobs but I think I have found my niche in home dialysis, nice hours and good relationships w/ chronic patients. My weight has gone up and down, and I was definitely guilty of emotional eating after long 12 hours shifts in the hospital. Anyway, good luck w/ your decisions but it does get easier and there are so many choices in nursing. Remember to get enough sun while working nights, I ended up w/ a vitamin D deficiency while on nights, which can trigger depression among other issues.