I would like to start taking my pre-req classes in the Spring of 2013. I am really torn as to whether I should go the ADN route, through Mid-Michigan Community College, or whether I should attempt a Second Degree BSN. The problem I have is that with the ADN, I could actually pay my way through school without taking out anymore loans. My law school loans are just over 100k. I've pretty much accepted that I'll be on IBR until I am so old I don't remember the difference between an easement and a covenant anyway, but I do not want to take on more debt.
The only BSN program within driving distance of me, is Grand Valley, and the pre-reqs look like they would need to be taken there as well, and with the commute, I would probably have to give up my full time, low-but-steady-with health insurance job. This would mean loans and more debt.
On the other hand, I do not want to go into a ADN program to find out that I am completely shut out of the market, and can't get a job. I'd love a BSN someday, but hopefully, it could come after I was able to work as an RN.
I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts on whether the ADN program at MMCC is good, whether I should attempt the financial riskier BSN, and of course, anything about employment. Because after going through a terrible law grad first job experience and now a job hunt that has yielded nothing, I am ready for a change, but scared of making the same mistake. Also, because I know if this gets read, someone will wonder, the reason I would like to be a Nurse in my second working life, is because I worked in a long term care setting to get through my BS program, and I loved it, much more than I ever liked law. I like taking care of people, how that got prostituted into law, I am still working out.