Thank you everyone for the very eye opening information about the reality of working as a nurse.
I am still considering my options though. Initially I was looking into an executive MBA program (cohort group & the degree is completed in 2 years of evening and weekend classes designed for working adults) which I know will expand my network and will open more doors for me should I choose to switch to a different field in business. Also we live in a very competitive job market I think where there's a surplus of educated people but not a lot of suitable job openings and not a lot of opportunities to move up. I've been with my firm for 10 years but I feel with office politics there's no path for me to move up. I may just need to consider different employers.
I've always thrived in an academic environment and have always wanted to go back to graduate school. So it's really just a question of which graduate level education will give me the mental stimulation & the best return on my investment.
The Graduate Entry Program in Nursing here at UH accepts bachelors degree graduates from any other field and with the completion of the prerequisites starts you off in 1 year - 3 trimesters intensive prelicensure studies that allow you to take the NCLEX after the 1st year. It is in that 1st year that they recommend the students to not be employed.
After the NCLEX it is 3 more years of studies leading to a PhD or DNP degree, depending on the path the student takes. During the 3 years part time employment is possible.