Nursing has traditionally seen ups and downs in the market. During down periods, getting a job can be relatively easy for anyone, during up periods, getting a job is easier with experience, but in general, a nursing credential makes you eminently employable. With a BS in another field, I would definitely look, if I had the mobility, at the programs that are designed to take people with BS in another field and quickly transition them to a BSN. Simply put, you will never have to worry about your "pedigree" that way and your educational preparation will not be an impediment to where you want to go next. Posting on this web site about Transition programs for students with a previous BS/BA would probably get you this type of info OR you can go the www.nln.org
site and look under publications for their directory of all nursing programs
in the US.
I will tell you that your fixation with pay is a little distasteful to me, but it is a legitmate question. Hospital pay is traditionally the best pay and with good reason. Week-ends, nights, holidays. Occasionally a nurse will "walk into" a day job, but most hospital nurses will spend some time on evenings, nights getting their character built. I am not currently a hospital nurse but would guess that new hospital nurses start at $14.00+ (average) per hour plus differentials for shift and weekend. Agency nurses can be paid more or less, but it takes a truly flexible person to walk into a different institution and perform. Office nurses are not paid as lucratively because the relatively good hours are valued. Similarly, I have worked in public health and pay is not as good. Home health falls between office work and hospital work because of call, weekend hours. Home health agencies CAN be flexible employers. I followed, as a student, a nurse in a HH agency that was allowed to "build her own case load" and she had some BID (twice a day) visits so she would start in the early morning, play tennis and such in the pm, and then do visits in the early evening again.
Working as a school nurse is attractive for some nurse/moms but often requires the BSN (though many schools
would hire you with your hybrid ed credential), pays awful to medium awful, gives you school year hours.
Many of us pick our job based on what it is we love in nursing and then we learn to live with the pay *OR* we learn how to make people pay us to do what we love to do.
Nursing, I would think, is not a job I would recommend to someone for the pay. It can be hard work and not always very warm fuzzy. People and families under the stress of illness are not always cuddly people to be around, so nursing is probably not a good field in which to enter if you are solely interested in the cash.