I am a mom to 2 toddlers and I am starting re-evaluating my career options. I have a degree in finance, but don't want to work in the field (what was I thinking?). I would like to enter a nursing program to become an NP. I am thinking I can fulfill the prereq coursework to get into a Nursing program once the kids are in preschool next fall (I only need a few courses). After that, I am looking at a school that offers 15 month accelerated program for an RN (if you already have a degree) and then I can get masters and become an NP. Since I have no medical experience at all, will I need to work as an RN first, or can I just start as an NP once I get the degree? I also heard about PAs and I'm not sure if it's a better option. Is it true that I would need a lot of hospital hours just to get into a PA program? Can anyone tell me what the pros/cons are for NP and PA?In addition, I would love to work normal hours, ie not a night shift. Would one track be more suitable for that than the other?