Hello everyone. I desperately need some advice, guidance, and/or suggestions. I am currently seeking a career change into the healthcare field. I have always had a passion for mental health and once was going to enter a PhD Psychology program but the lengthy process and dissertation scared me away so I continued working in customer service due to that being my main job experience. Longing to work in mental health and after caring for my grandmother, I decided becoming a psych RN would be a step in that direction because eventually I want to become a Psychiatric Mental Health NP. I was going to go the RRT route to gain experience for PA school but have seen few jobs available in my area for RRTs and heard PA school is hard to enter. So I think the nursing route is for me but don't know where to start. I have no healthcare experience, no prerequisites and limited financial aid availability. I currently hold a BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Forensic Psychology. My alma mater has a BSN and ABSN but since I don't have prerequisites, I would end up enrolling in the BSN which is 4yrs and costs more than their online RN-BSN program. I was thinking of going the ADN route but nearest program is 30 months and require pre-reqs as well but its cheaper. The downside is I heard RNs with ADN have a difficult time finding work. Is this accurate? Any ideas on where I should start and which route is more ideal, affordable and manageable to care for my son?