[font=book antiqua]hi! i also need to add my two cents here. i know that there is a possibility that there will be less for you to do with the degree you have, but with it being 10 years old, certain schools may not honor those credits. as for asn or bsn, the two states i am licensed in , fl and tn, as far as i know, do not pay higher-degreed nurses more for bedside, floor nursing. higher degrees are mainly for people who want to sit behind a desk, and have never wiped a bottom in their career. they are the policy makers who have a textbook approach to nursing. i do not get that vibe from you that you want to be so far detached from the patients. with your psyche background, you have a good leg up on patient care. from what i have noticed, the most self-satisfied nurses are the asn's. the bsn's sometimes get caught up in the competition of education, and it becomes a fight over who has more letters after their name. ad's and np's can write prescriptions, but only for a select few things. they are not happy still, because they feel like patsies to the md's. there is no level of education that will make this kind of nurse feel respected. i am almost done with my rn, and it is an asn degree. my education is not "less" than a bsn in the sense that i can tend to every need of my patient, to the best of my ability, to the fullest extent of my scope of practice. a's and b's all have the same scope of practice, but some like to be on the front line of care, while others are more drawn to supervise. the best thing about nursing is that one can find a niche and customize their practice and do cardiac, med/surg, office nursing, school nursing, or even teach. here in tn, one does not even have to have a bsn to teach. nurses are in great demand, everywhere. you will not have a hard time getting a job. most of the time, any patient care environment you do your clinicals at will offer you a position upon graduation. you will get the feel of what care environment id best suited to you, and believe me, you will have no trouble getting a job. best of luck to you!