As an update to this post (since I am still getting some feedback) I would say that I am happy that I made the transition. I worked nights on a med surge floor and made just shy of $55K. I am grateful to have a steady job with benefits that allows me some flexibility with regards to schedule. I would like, of course, to make more money but I am putting plans in motion to get certified in a few different areas and look for my next job which will hopefully be a step up. Thanks to all for your feedback and since I was looking for encouragement a year ago, I would say to anyone feeling the way I was that yes, it does get better. Try not to let all of the disillusioned and bitter people that will tell you how awful nursing is get to you. There are those people in every profession. Most of my colleagues are good, hard-working and generally optimistic. If you find yourself in a place that this is not true, hold one for a year and look for something else. You can do anything for a year. With a year's experience you will no longer be a new grad.