Hello to everyone! I'm a newbie here, so please be gentle.
I'm currently employed as an epidemiologist/researcher, and have 6+ years experience in the public health field. While I love public health, I am seriously contemplating a career change into the wonderful world of nursing. I would love to have more direct contact with people (instead of a computer, LOL) and work in the health care field ASIDE from crunching numbers. I have an MPH in epidemiology (concentration: infectious diseases), and a BS in microbiology. But, I'm not exactly sure which nursing degree would be a better "fit" for me. Since I already have a health sciences-related BS and master's, would a BSN or MSN be redundant? I'm married with 2 young kiddos, so my time is precious - I think an intensive accelerated BSN or MSN program would be too hard on my family at this point. Would an ADN be enough for me to become an RN, and would an RN make me a viable job candidate?
Any advice and wisdom is welcome. Oh, I should also mention that I have an interest in the following specialties: OB, orthopedic, perioperative, infectious diseases (obviously!). I'm very open to nursing career options: bedside, research, etc.