I completely understand what you are going through, because I have the same degree, a BS in Psychology, and the same type of job, and I even make pretty close to the same amount! I do enjoy my job to a certain degree, but the stress does not equal the pay:angryfire !
I entered an ASN program due to the need to work during school (I live at home and pay tuition out of pocket because of this), and it is a VERY good idea to have those prereqs done...in my program they don't have to be, but I found it is very beneficial to have them done. Nursing classes are intense, but not impossible....studying for them is very different though than for Psych. I bought an NCLEX book, and our tests are formatted that way, and it is a HUGE HELP in how the nursing tests are worded.
Nursing has a lot of paperwork, and it seems like it is very hard work too
, but there seem to be so many opportunities to be in a position where you want, not just bedside but also in occupational settings, psych facilities, etc. I was talking to another nurse with a BSN who is a nurse manager and mentioned that even with our psych bachelors degrees that would count vs. the BSN for some positions.
I finally feel like I found what I was looking for, with nursing, and hopefully you'll like it too!!! If you have any questions send me a pm! Thanks