i have been admitted into a program for non nurses with a BA in another field. the program awards a BSN after an intenisive first year. students are then able to start course work for an NP while working part time as an RN. I have spent time shadowing nurses, volunteering in the ER, and talking NPs and have decided that the NP route is where i want to go. the only problem is that i have SERIOUS cold feet about taking on the loans for the program. I knew the program may be expensive, but having the actual figures in front of me is a different story. My question to NPs is, do you think it is wise to take out a loan that will probably be close to 80,000 by the time that i am finished with the program given the current employment outlook?
I really appreciate any input.