...and I can appreciate the issues around getting and keeping hi tech jobs, especially software jobs. (Isn't the internet wonderul !?!
) You are still young; let me tell you, nursing is far more accommodating to those gray of hair than is the hi tech industry. I'll never forget the look of one twenty-something who was to interview me when he saw my gray hair. I think the interview as much as ended there. (Prior to that I had never, ever had a problem getting a job in hi tech; it was, of course, simultaneous with the dot.com bomb.)
I have been, in my spare time, taking some classes so I have enough information to set up a web page. The purpose of the webpage is to host a forum for people (especially "re-entry" students) who are interested in health care professions. I'm always asking people, and investigating and looking into all kinds of health professions.
This really came about because I was endeavoring to get into an RN program. I was very fortunate as I was the last class in my school to be made up of all the completely qualified candidates that applied. Subsequent classes have been chosen by lottery. BY ALL MEANS if I were in your position I would do it the way you've figured out. I have even recommended to some people that if they are on the RN waiting list, or while doing RN pre-reqs, apply to the LVN program--they can be out and working, or out and doing a bridge program in less time than it would have taken to become an RN. This is especially true where the displaced worker programs have a time limit between the time you have been laid off and the time that you start a re-training program.
The only other reasonable (imo) alternative, but for which you probably would not be able to get displaced worker training for, is the "Master's Entry" programs for people who already have a bachelor's degree. These programs usually take 12-15 months and then you get your RN; after that you get into a Master's program. I think some have been converted simply to help people with bachelor's degree get RNs, without going on to master's programs. The problem with these programs is that there is about a year turnaround between application and start-date (apply in the fall for the following fall.)
Even if you only had an LVN, you still might be able to get some work in nursing informatics, with your hi tech background.
Good luck, and keep us in the loop!