Ooh! Another wonderful response! I, too, feel that I should have done nursing a long time ago. But, I didn't realize until recently that I was passionate about it. (Nor did I know of healthcare admin and risk/loss management as a future interest of mine). This is all very much to my mother's dismay; she knew what she wanted to do ever since she was 8 years old. Anyway, I have to do what makes me happy, right? I think I would really enjoy being a nurse! Later, I can use my law degree to transition to management (I hope).
I found out that SUNY Downstate has a 15 month program and costs roughly $8,000 - not bad. But, they require a ton of pre-req's. My B.S. is in Biology, so I do have quite a few science and math courses under my belt. Still, I'd need to take quite a few classes to meet SUNY's guidelines. Looks like all nursing schools
require anatomy/physiology I and II. Unfortunately, I didn't happen to take them as a bio major, so it'll take a year to do those classes. At the very least, I could probably work full time and take classes at a community school part time. However....what if you don't get into a certain nursing program, and you've gone out of your way to take the pre-req's? The pre-req's can vary widely from one school to another (some require child psychology, anthropology, literature, etc).
Florida --> Interesting that you mentioned Florida. My plan is to take the NY/NJ bar (possibly doing Fla later on in February) and move to Florida. I have a home in Bradenton that I own as a tenant in common (you probably know the terminology). I'm wondering, if Florida requires the typical 12 month residency...would I be a resident so long as I have been part owner (and thus, part taxpayer) for a year? Despite not actually
living there? hmmm. If so, it'd be totally worth it for me to do the program and rent an apartment near UF for the year!!