Any decision like this requires careful analysis, obviously. Things to consider are the job market in your area for RNs. Are there a bazillion nursing schools
producing new grads that the market cannot absorb? Are you willing to pick up and move for a job opportunity? If you cannot find a job after school, will you be able to make your loan payments? It's a hefty investment and a gamble in today's job market. Not wanting to dissuade anyone, but the nursing profession is not the recession-proof entity that schools might lead you to believe. There was a recent article on CNN that is telling the world what we in nursing have realized for the last few years: For nursing jobs, new grads need not apply - Jan. 14, 2013
. Nothing saddens me like seeing new grads with huge student loans who find themselves in the bind of being unemployed and facing student loan bills that have come due.
Hopefully, OP, by the time you'd graduate and be job-hunting, things will have improved. I think they are improving in some areas, but not all. Chamberlain is an expensive school, but I did my RN-BSN through Chamberlain and I loved it! However, I had only 32 credits to complete and had annual education reimbursement from my hospital. I love the nursing profession and I hope you find your way to it if it is what you want to do. Best of luck!!