First I have to point out:"nursing is a simple career" Please please don't ever get that idea, that is the furthest from the truth. I am still a nursing student so I still don't know half of what RNs go through on a daily basis in their jobs, but I do know "simple" will cause an uproar. Just my opinion...anyways...
I am currently in my final year of an ADN program, which will have taken me 6 years to complete. I want to make sure you understand that an ADN is NOT a 2 year deal. You have to take many prerequisites before you can even apply to an nursing program. In my case, my school takes 2-3 years for just the prereqs alone. I took 3 years because on top of the prereqs, I took transfer classes because I know eventually I am going to need my BSN. Then if you get into the nursing program right away, that takes another 2-3 years, depending on the school you are at. My program is a 3 year program...you are eligible to sit fr your NCLEX-PN boards after two, and the NCLEX-RN after the last year. So that is 6 years MINIMUM, that does not include being wait listed or denied from the program.
Although I LOVE my schooling, and have had the greatest experience, I sometimes wish I would have gone the BSN route. The reason I went to my local community college is because my parents could not afford to send me to a university, but they make just above the cut-off amount for financial aid. You want my honest opinion? Research universities around you that have a BSN program, and find out all prereqs they require. DO THEM ALL at your local community college. This way, you save a ton of money on basic classes such as english, math, sciences (lots of sciences). Then when you have all your ducks in a row, you can apply as a transfer BSN student.
You say you dont want to go into management. Think of it this way: You get your ADN, you work for a few years, then BAM! You hurt your back. You can no longer work bedside care. Yes, there are many ADN positions that you dont need to do hands-on care for patients, but if you have that BSN, your doors are open more than if you just have an ADN.
I know not all hospitals are going this way, but a lot are starting to require at least a BSN. WHen I graduate in May with my ADN, there are many hospitals around my area (bay area in CA) that I can't apply to their new grad program because I won't have my BSN. Ex: Stanford, Lucille Packard, which I have dreamed of working at. I have applied to the RN-BSN program at a state universiy by me for Fall 2012, and if I go full time, it will take another year and a half. That is 7 1/2 years to get a BSN! And that is me working my butt off with over full-time units in school every semester for 15 semesters.
Do you understand where I am going with this? Nursing school
is hard, VERY VERY hard. You will have no time for family, friends, let alone your future bf/hubby. It takes pure dedication and commitment. If you're saying you don't like school, you might want to reconsider not going to nursing school, because it is school full speed ahead. Although your Mom sounds like she is trying to help you, there are NO JOBS right now for new grads. Maybe by the time you are finished, the economy will turn around, but people need to get off the idea that hospitals are screaming for nurses and pounding down new grad doors because that is NOT reality.
Please don't let this deter you from your dreams. If nursing is truly your passion, I wish nothing but the best for you!