Getting my BSN was THEEEE BEST decision I made in my professional career. It has opened up so many doors. I finished my BSN in August 2014. My public health contract position ended in October 2014 and I took a month vacation. I sat for my NCLEX in December 2014 and passed! I took the first offer on a medsurg floor in January 2015 and have been at the same hospital ever since. I just recently transferred to Labor and Delivery, after a year in medsurg. I have maintained a consulting-part-time job in public health and after that ended, I picked up a part-time job giving flu shots at corporate sites. Nursing has opened sooo many doors for me, especially since my main goal was to combine my public health and nursing degrees. It was a struggle finding jobs in public health. I would apply for 50 jobs and get maybe 4 call backs. Now I'm more careful in applying for jobs because more than likely, I will get a call back. :)
For all my fellow MPH'ers, just go ahead and go to nursing school. So many people discouraged me - family and friends told me - "don't do it...why not get another masters or phd...why do you want to start your career again at 28.. another bachelors is like going backwards." If I had listened to them, I would still be struggling with my direction in life.