First off I'd like to say hi, I often lurk these forums for information and the pros and cons of nursing but now I am the one in need of advice. I have been researching the nursing field for about a year now and I am very excited to pursue a career in nursing. I am a little impatient as well.
Currently, I am finishing my first semester of junior year at Loyola University in Chicago. I have been researching nursing programs in the area and have come up with a few trajectories to become an RN. I should also note that I have been taking my nursing pre-requisites at the same time, so depending on the program I decide on post-grad I have anywhere from a class or few left.
Option A: Continue to pursue my BSW. After graduation, enroll in a community college AAS - RN program.
Option B: Wrap up my BSW and enroll in Loyola's ABSN program. (For this, I would have to retake A&P 1 since they only accept B's and above and I got a C that semester).
Option C: Drop out of BSW program after I complete this Fall semester, finish pre-requisites in the Spring semester and begin nursing school in the fall at Res U (BSN) or a community college (RN and later do a RN-to-BSN).
At this time, I must honestly point out how tempting option C seems to me. I would like to get into the field as soon as I can but I am also concerned whether it is best to get my BSW first. The client experience and people skills I am gaining definitely help, but since I know I am not going to pursue a MSW it feels a bit impractical at the same time.
Basically, I would like to hear your thoughts on the best route for someone in my situation -- time- and money-wise. I should also mention that I am on scholarship probation this semester at Loyola so if I don't pull off almost straight A's I will lose the scholarship (but in this case, my FAFSA may increase).
I would also like to eventually go into a Master's program. I was looking into UIC and they have an option for someone with a non-nursing Bachelor's who also holds an RN license. I have heard how the MSN will transition to a longer program in 2015. There is also a requirement for the A&P classes not to be older than 5 years (I took the first semester this Summer '12). Any suggestions there?
I'm sorry for this post being so long winded but if you could guide me in ANY aspect I've mentioned I would appreciate it to the stars and beyond! Nurses are my heroes and I cannot wait to be honored by joining your ranks!