I hope someone here can point me in the right direction. A bit of background: I have a BA in journalism and am *seriously* looking into nursing (and thereby increasing the percentage of men in nursing). I live in the suburban Chicago area and there are several schools (universities & comm colleges) that all look good. My question is, which is better to get - an Associates degree or another Bachelors or Masters? Is one more limiting than the other as far as pay, promotional opportunities, etc? Is one more attractive to employers than the other? I can't afford to quit my job to attend school full-time, so part-time is the best or unless I win the Lotto. Could I get an Associates, get a job and have them pay for my continuing education? Any assistance and opinions are greatly appreciated, thx!