You're welcome, and BTW, welcome to the board as well!
I'm an associate degree RN with 6 1/2 yrs. experience. It took me four years of school, since I wanted to get all my pre-reqs out of the way before going into the nursing program itself and I'd been out of school so long that nothing I'd taken was relevant. I also had to take remedial math (I couldn't even do long division!).
It was a long hard road, but I've never regretted doing it, even though I will be paying student loans for the rest of my days.....one word of advice, be assertive about applying for grants and scholarships
!! I had no choice but to borrow thousands of dollars since we were very poor back in those days, but of the few scholarships I applied for, I received every one, and I should've worked harder at that.
I've worked in long-term care, assisted living, and hospital nursing as well as LTC management (THAT was a mistake, as I was never meant to be anything but a good bedside nurse and teacher). At present I work part-time on the medical/surgical floor at the local hospital where I was a CNA during nursing school (BTW, if you can do this while you're going through school, it gives you a big advantage). I also float to the obstetrics unit quite often......I don't do labor & delivery, but I take care of new moms and babies, recover C-section patients and so on. I love it. Med/surg is very hard on me physically (I'm almost 45 and have some orthopedic issues) but rewarding enough that I plan to keep at it until my body says "no more". At that point I'll probably transfer to critical care, which takes more skills and tends to be and less labor-intensive (except when you're dealing with a bariatric ventilator patient who weighs 650 pounds and has to be turned every hour or two so he doesn't get bed sores).
Hope this info is helpful. Good luck to you!