In my setting, ICU, we do total care. We rarely delegate to a tech because we either don't have one or there is 1 for 20-30 patients. I am also not a fan of giving baths and dealing with poop/peep, but I am interested in the complexity of the patients in the ICU. I decided to be a NP when I went into nursing school and just put in my "time" with the poop and baths while gaining the much needed experience before heading off to NP school.
I took the ADN route because it was cheaper. I'm in my RN-BSN program right now. I get a discount from the college for working with my employer, for being part of the ANA, and my company reimburses up to a certain % for x number of years worked.
This route has take a bit longer but has been about 15000$ cheaper. NP school will be expensive, but I have been saving and it should pay out in the end. Rule of thumb: don't take out more than for school than you are expected to make in your first year [at that degree].
There are so many avenues you can take with your interest, you just need to be creative. I thought about being a PA, but I liked the different direction nursing could take you. Nurses have s many career paths available to them. Another reason I didn't choose to become a PA was the schooling and debt ratio. To become a PA you first need a bachelor's and then you go to PA school. If you can't hack it in any of those bachelor's classes or you don't get accepted into pa school you've wasted a lot of money and time. To be an NP you have to go to nursing school of course and in nursing school you have to provide patient care, which means giving baths, toileting, etc. To be a crna, you have to do the same. To do anything in nursing you have to bath and toilet. However, it opens a door of oportunities. Look into all the different avenues of nursing and then decide if you can't deal with a little poop for a few years. The financial aspect isn't an issue if you plan. With your knowledge you can make money during school as a tutor, personal trainer, etc. You don't necessarily have to work a full time job as a firefighter while in school to make ends meet. I too lived with my parents during school. I sat down with them figured out a payment t plan got a job as a tutor and was able to make it. It is possible. Living with your parents doesn't mean you're a bum- you're working and thinking about you're future.