I'm a new nurse who graduated in August of 2009. I'm also a baby boomer, and being of that generation, have always believed that heading down the path of personal fulfillment superseded everything else when it came to making career moves. Then came the great recession of the 21st century. The realities of this new world are dramatically different from the ones that shaped our sensibilities during our young and middle adulthood. First hard knock: Jobs are no longer abundant in any discipline, yes even in that "at least you can always get a job" job of nursing. It took me 15 months from when I graduated to get a job, during which I drained all of my savings. There are many others on this site with similar stories, as well as many others who are still not working. Second hard knock: The cost of education has quadrupled since boomers were of college age. If a BSN is what you're after, depending on where you live, you could expect to shell out 30K or more for a second bachelor's degree. An ADN, of course, would be the cheaper route, but those programs too have been forced to raise their tuition dramatically over these past several years. I only point these things out so you can make an informed decision with your eyes wide open. They need to be considered so you can decide whether or not returning to school is a risk you can afford to take. Having said that, I love nursing and am very glad, despite the bumps, for having pursued this dream.