I think nursing is a good idea. Just because the economy is bleccchh now...it doesn't mean it would be bad in 2/3/4 years when you graduate.
I have other academic degrees, like you. I went the traditional BSN due to my location. It goes fast
I don't know where you live, but it is up to you, your financial situation, and the type of program. I don't know about online programs...never looked into those (plus I know anything online is $$), so check out your local programs and decide what is best for your personal situation.
Also, don't forget to research state, local, and hospital scholarship
Oh, and the reputation of the nursing program has nothing to do with getting into a master's program - it's all about your
performance. What's in a name? lol.
Good luck with your decision