I have a multifaceted question with no real wrong answer.
I'm an LPN working 3 jobs, 1 full-time in ER/Urgent Care, PRN - 2nd Urgent Care & Home health. I just finished my BA in History and I'm currently enrolled in pre-req for RN. I'm torn what to do next. I'm guaranteed a slot in the local university LPN to RN or BSN for 2nd degree holder accelerated program, but that won't start until summer 2012 (gives me time to finish my prereq)
My question is: Should I get a 2nd Bachelors in Nursing (graduate 2013) or should I try for a higher level degree (direct entry MSN) or another Masters such as Physician Assistant, Infomatics, health care admin, etc?
I'm a little long in the tooth time wise, I'm currently 44, next summer I'd start BSN at 45 and grad at 46, then try for MSN??
Financially I'm ok: no debt, retired military with GI bill benefits to boot, so I could in theory stop working 3 jobs and go to school full-time. In addition, I work for the VA and they will not only pay for school, but in addition pay my salary while I go to school and I only have to work at the hospital while on spring break, etc. That is assuming that there will be funding available next year for this program (doubtful considering the budget crisis). VA pay makes BSN and Masters level education worth it, much higher salary.
So what to do?? guaranteed BSN or try for Masters instead. Best bang for the academic/cost/age buck??