I am 45 years old, and just finished an ADN program in March of this year. I have been working in a Skilled nursing facility for nearly 3 years. (I started as a nurse tech right out of first quarter) It's no med-surge, but every day I work, I learn something new, and my confidence builds. They've also been awesome working with my school schedule, which is why I've stuck around. I'm in the BSN program now, full time credits and continuing to work full time.....the point being, every day I'm putting my hands on patients, and get to continue my education. So what if you spend 2 years on a foundation. I've done well in school as well, but NOTHING replaces hands on experience. ICU will be there in 2 years.
My two cents work....good luck!