I am returning to school for as a career changer (from unrelated field and staying home with children for 6 years), to earn a second bachelor's degree in Nursing- with a specialty in Psych Nursing. I originally considered Social work and took a grad class. But as a single mom of 3 young children (1 with Asperger's) and a part time job, the time and field work requirements seemed to be unrealistic. I have a BA in Psych from 1991 but no pscyh experience. I do work in a hospital now but as an administrative assistant.
My question is, is it worth getting an RN and then going the RN-BSN or RN- MSN route? OR is it quicker to complete more prerequisites and then apply to a BSN program? While working I'd finish the masters.
I've begun my prerequisites at a Community College and then considered going on for the RN at the community college and transferring to complete the BSN while hopefully working n. I am in the Boston area and work at a teaching hospital and was told it is really hard to get a job with just the RN, that most hospitals require the BSN. I'm trying to maximize my ability to work, earn more money and continue my nursing education- psychiatric reasearch is something I'd love to do also. I also don't want to be in school untl I'm 47 (I am 41 now)... it seems like a terribly long road. The accelerated programs are great but I've been discouraged by more than one advisor due to my hectic lifestyle and lack of help from the ex husband.
Given my ultimate goals, does going for the RN seem like a practical path? I know any career change - and into a demanding profession at that- takes time and I wish I thought of this when I was younger! I just am afraid I'm making illogical choices. Does anyone have experience with this issue and know whether a BSN program saves any time? Financially the community college is cheaper, and you need fewer prerequisites, but I want to be able to get a job so I can finish the degree! I hope this is clear- thanks for any input! Thanks! Aimee