I absolutely loved, and still love, being an RN!
Of course, there were the little things that I could have done without, but all-in-all, this career has been extremely rewarding for me. I think a big part of it is where you work. I don't know what the ICU settings were like for others, but in mine, it was constant thinking interrupted by the occasional sudden fulll linen change.
Even working with the families wasn't too bad. There were some I would like to have strung up by their toes, but not many. I enjoyed figuring out their "ways" quickly in order to attempt to come across as friend instead of the enemy. There was a joke in my unit that my PR skills were so good, I could get the pope to convert to Judaism if given the chance.:chuckle
I agree, though, about the physical aspect of flipping those 300 pounders regularly. My back couldn't do it anymore. A common misconception is that CRNAs don't turn pts. They do. There is just more help. I am very excited to be moving in to an arena where I can focus one-on-one with my patient right there and manage everything while being "in the moment" as opposed to constant distraction.
I think that if you are not challenged as an RN, it is definitely time to continue your education and move on upward. There are way too many options in nursing to stay in one place an allow yourself to be miserable IMHO.
Good luck in your journey.
SS - RN, SRNA