I am totally in the same situation, let me start off by saying I am in Cincinnati OHio!
I graduated from Ohio State Univ. in June 2004 with a BA in Psych and Soc, I have been job hunting since and have found NOTHING!!! Thus I have decided to pursue a nursing degree. Here is what I have done. There are several tracks that you can go:
1. If you already have your bachelors there are several programs that allow you to enter strait into a masters program! Either MN or MSN. If you have good enough grades and have all the prereqs (microbio, nutrition,a&p, psych and soc 100) you can go strait to your masters in nursing no matter what your bachelors degree was in!! These are the best option as if you already have one bachelors and get a BSN you wont be eligible for any financial aid except loans, in a masters program you will be eligible for more. The program that I am enrolled in is not a masters of science in nursing but just a masters in nursing, that way I am not eligible to be a nurse practitioner but I will come out suitable for teaching or management or just regualar nursing if I want, where as BSNs would need some more experience. I will done in one year!
OTher MSN programs generally last 2 years.
2.You can go back and get your BSN and then get your MSN, chances are if you already have your bachelors you have most of the General ED classes and would be able to go right into clinicals.
3.You could also get an associates (RN) which is 2 years. THere are many programs that are called "bridge" programs which take associate or diploma nurses and takes them right to a masters degree. RN to MSN. As I was told today teachers from my school actually go to hospitals and teach the bridge classes there and sometimes based on time with the hospital they will pay for your classes!
There are many tracks you can go, it really depends on what you want to do! If you want to teach or work in a supervisory role Id reccommend going strait into your masters program, you be out anywhere from 12-24 months and youd have a masters! If you dont think you can get accepted to a masters program(dont looe hope i didnt think id ever get in to any masters programs, as I had wayyyy to much fun in college but I did!) Id get an associates as its much cheaper than a BSN and then work for awhile and go back and bridge strait to an MSN. The pay difference between RN and BSN is not a whole lot maybe 5$ hour about. I actually started out in an associates program and I only ended up needing A&P,MIcrobio and nutrition. It ended up being two quarters and then I was on the waitlist for clinicals, unfortunetly the waitlist was way to long so that promted me to look into masters programs and im soo glad I did, I start May 16th of this year and Ill be done by next August with my masters! Im so excited
Good luck to you!! If you have any questions you can email me at Galaxy781@yahoo.com