I'm also a "seasoned" individual with several prior degrees however, my motivation for becoming an RN was a bit different than yours.
My goal was, and still is, to become an FNP and the original plan was to get my ADN and work part-time as an RN while retaining my present job and after getting some nursing experience, take early retirement and work full-time in nursing at a facility that offered educational benefits. At that point, I planned to apply to an MSN program for second degree RN's, hopefully subsized by my new employer (as is the case with DroogieRN
), and eventually get my FNP. Unfortunately, due mostly to some significant changes in the US economy I've only gotten through the first gate. So here's my take on things.
My observation is that the trend toward the BSN as the minimum credential needed to work as an RN is accelerating, aided by an oversupply of nurses and poor economic conditions. This is probably not true as blanket statement, but it applies to more areas than not. Again in my view, it's foolish to ignore this and I would caution you that what tokmon
says about the ADN leading to an instant nursing job is not the case in most parts of the US. All that said, getting your ADN can still be worthwhile as the least costly route to a higher nursing degree. Once you are an RN, you have the option to an RN-BSN program. This can also be fairly inexpensive proposition if you are able to use a local state college and there are also a number of on-line programs that relative bargains. For example, the programs at U Texas-Arlington, U Wyoming and Ohio U all are under $9,000.
Alternatively, you can do an RN-MSN program for second-degree students. These programs require a number of bridge courses for non-BSNs, usually 3 or 4. I do not know if any schools
have RN-MSN-CRNA programs - perhaps someone else has info on this. My feeling is that this route is impractical for an RN with little nursing experience beyond the clinicals of an ADN program, which is why in my original plan, I wanted to work for a while before going in this direction. YMMV.
My modified plan is now to get my BSN via the Ohio U RN-BSN program and I start next month. When I complete the program, which should be early in 2013 (have had stat, micro, nutrition - all the BSN prereqs really), hopefully the job market will have improved and I can then go back to the plan as before: Find a job with educational benefits and get my MSN.
Best of luck to you.