How to become a nurse...


Hi, I know there are several routes to become a nurse and curious on feedback on ways to go about becoming a nurse.

I graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice studies. From 2010 to 2013 started a growing interest in the healthcare field volunteering for an ambulance company in my town. I worked simultaneously during that time in the OR and other unit's in the hospital as an anesthesia tech. Did that for 8 month's after that did 24 month's as a psych tech, followed by six month's working in a group home, a month cleaning surgical equipment, and now back working as a psych tech.

I will say when I was having a good run as a psych tech for 24 months became complacent really lost site of future career goals. Racked up some debt still paying off that debt, close to $6,000. Anyways laid off from my job kind of been in shambles trying to find work.

Working part time now as a Tech for decent money, $22 an hour, better than the sister hospital where Tech's get about $18-$20 an hour. Anyways I also get $2,500 a year for tuition. $5,000 if I work full time, but not sure of will ever happen or can be feasible if I jump into nursing school.

I don't have the cash as I said in debt over my ears and kind of wanting to become nurse soon so can help pay the debt and get going with starting a family.

Getting married next year hopefully next 2 year's will have a kid.

Fiance is in LPN school applied for an ADN program waitlisted kind of how it goes in my state where I live. However, trend of hospital's in my state is to hire BSNs. Hospital I worked at shut down it's diploma nursing school. However, blocks off spots at its main hospital for employees with the community college near by.

Anyways hospital working at is only hire BSN for the future and LPN sporadically. Most LPNs work for their VNA service or their outpatient medical clinic's. So I am debating to go the LPN route, pay be maybe an extra $3-$4 an hour maybe more stability can then sign up for a BSN program.

Other option is try to work 24 or 36 hour's balance it out with a BSN program.

I have zero loans took out maybe $10,000 for my B.S. degree, but paid it off. Basically be banking off of loans, financial aid, and tuition reimbursement to pay for school.

Any advice on what route to go for?