I started out as a surgical tech, thought that I would go straight into nursing school from there. I ended up being a surgical technician for ten years. The money was okay and I got to do a lot of traveling, got married etc, etc.
I went to nursing school thinking I was going to an Operating Room Rn. I am now an ER nurse and love what I do. So much opens up for you when you go to nursing school.
I was able to transfer some classes toward the nursing program. Things like Anatomy and Physiology, microbiology, english, math courses, psychology. As for program specific courses there were none that could transfer. You will get an in depth curricula about the instrumentation, sterilization procedures, and go into depth about a surgical procedure itself. These I felt were valuable courses that I did not get with a nursing program. I have never regretted being a surgical technologist first. It is very informative and you learn about the human body very well. It is nice for me now because when I have a patient that I am getting ready to go to the OR, I actually know what is going to happen with their surgery, it will help you in nursing school too when you are doing assessments to know how they did the surgery.
When you go to get your nursing degree it will be helpful. If you want to be an OR nurse you will have a great advantage because you will know how to scrub. You do not learn how to do this in nursing school, you don't learn the surgical instruments, and surgical scrub how to manage a back table and mayo, or do sponge, needle, and instrument counts. Surgeons love to teach that has been my experience more so than many other types of physicians. The OR is very technical and you will be able to see the role of the RN, observe how to assist with intubation, position patients, use laser, phaco machines, sterilizers, endoscopes etc.
Call pay is good and if you work in a bigger facility you may get a perfect flexible schedule, so that you can continue to work and go to nursing school.
I have not heard of any program that bridges surgical tech to nursing but, it does give you a good base for going into nursing.
Nursing school teaches you how to assess patients and you learn much more about disease process and the big picture of things. But, when you have a heads up of how the inside of the body works it makes a lot more sense to learn how to assess the function and disease processes that are going on in the body.
I wish you luck, with whatever you decide to do.