I'm sure this has been asked countless amount of times, but I wasn't able to find anything recent so I hope someone can shine some light on my situation.
I graduated with a Bachelors exactly two years ago from a UC and I live in SoCal. After graduating, I attended Pasadena City College to complete some of the nursing school prerequisites. My experience at the CC was great. I have since put my aspirations aside to help my parents out. I've been working for the past 20 months but I'm looking to quit soon so I can go back to school.
Now, here are my options:
Option 1. Get into a CC program -> get my RN license in 2 years -> find a job / enroll into rn-bsn online. This route is cost-efficient and I can commute to the college so that means I don't need to relocate (I live with my parents at no cost to me). Maybe even find a part time CNA position? But everyone tells me that BSNs are required to find work nowadays and that will be the case in 2020.
Option 2. Get into an ABSN program -> get my RN license + BSN in 2 years -> find a job. I'm obviously saving time with this route but it'll cost somewhere between 70k-80k total for relocation costs and school tuition.
Is it weird that I'd rather stay close to home? If I attend an ABSN it will be away from my family, girlfriend, and friends. I'm not completely sure if my parents are okay with me leaving either. What I'm sure of is that they would like me to stay and continue helping them out. I don't mind doing it. But I just don't want to regret taking the longer route and end up not being able to find a job in the future.
Does anyone have similar experiences to mine?