I'm a new RN who graduated from a well-respected hospital diploma program in August. This is my second career after working in sales for 9 years right out of college. I majored in Biology. I have been working in a neuro-ICU since November. Now that I'm getting settled into my job, I want to go back to school. Since I have a non-nursing bachelor's degree, I was looking into MSN programs. That led me to look into NP programs. I'm fairly certain that I'm going to pursue the MSN and not BSN, both due to a time and $$$ factor.
What I would like (and am not sure if it's possible), is an MSN/NP program that I can do as diploma RN w/a non-nursing degree.
My backup plan is to pursue the MSN with either an education or admin track, which many schools offer. More than likely it would an education track b/c i wouldn't mind teaching at some point. I also would be open to picking up the NP post MSN and have seen that many school offer that option as well; however, I'm not sure if that would make me any more marketable than just doing the BSN, then the NP.
Although I enjoy learning and will always seek out opportunities to learn and further myself professionally, I don't want to be in debt foever, especially when I had paid off my undergraduate loans 4 years ahead of schedule. And, I would like to retire from my official student days
Any advice from those out there with more experience or who have been in a similar predicament?