Quote from geekgolightly
Get your ADN first, then have your hospital pay for you to get your BSN. Most hospitals pay for their nurses to further their education. The ADN route is, by far, the most economical way to go.
I tend to agree with this advice, if student loans are a big concern. I got a BA fresh out of high school and wasted $100K+ from my college fund on a degree I didn't appreciate or use (Psychology). I know how lucky I was to have that money instead of needing loans. When I decided to go to nursing school
a few years later, I chose to do an ADN program in part because I didn't want to spend a lot of money again. I got my ADN for less than $10,000. My plan was always to go right back to school, which is what I did. I'm in an RN-MS program, and my hospital will pay for all of it. CRNA programs may be a bit different, since I think most want you to go to school full-time, which would make it hard to work.
On the other hand, there's something to be said for just doing the four years right out of high school. I'm finding it really difficult to get back into student mode while working full time as a nurse. I guess the bottom line is, you have to decide what's more important to you -- getting the degree done quickly, or saving money.
Good luck! You'll do great whatever decision you make!