The bottom line of why I quit: I hated it. Really. I don't hate nursing, I just hate med-surg night-shift. I think because I only worked once a week I wasn't super familiar with the policies, procedures, etc., and so it made everything all that more difficult. I routinely had 6-7 patients, with usually 3 of them being what I would call "high-acuity." High-acuity as in very high demanding. Very. Most nights I would be done with receiving report at 7:30pm and would not get a chance to sit down (literally) until about 2am. That was rough. I had oodles of charting to catch up on - while still tending to the needs of my needy patients.
I have not regretted quitting at all. It was definitely the right choice for me. But I wish I didn't have to feel that way. I wish I could still work and enjoy it. But I cannot and will not do med-surg. again. I've done it ever since I've graduated - 8 years almost. Not full-time of course, but still.
There are nursing opportunities I would love to try. . . someday. When I have more time to get comfortable with something new.
But for now I'll stick with my day-job of MOM. And, yes, while I still have 3 high-acuity "patients" in my care; and my "shift" is still about 12-hours a day, (but 7 days a week); and the pay stinks; and sometimes I truthfully "hate" it too, I'm in this job for the long run. And that's the best career choice I've ever made.