I just really don't know if, at age 48, I want to invest that much time and money into it all. I'd be 55 by the time I was done since part-time is all I could do right now. The other piece of this puzzle is that I maybe don't want a BSN at all but, instead, a BA. I feel like I've been there, done that when it comes to nursing and if I'm going to have to invest that much time, I may as well actually learn something different (Not that I wouldn't have a whole lot more to learn about nursing but, like I said, I went that route once). I'd still end up with an RN and a bachelor's degree. But my main frustration is that no matter which type of bachelor's I would choose, it looks like I have to repeat the basics and that just doesn't seem right.
I sound like a whiner - maybe I am on this topic. A little history: I'm a nurse who went back to nursing after a 15 year absence to raise kids. I vowed that I wouldn't return to nursing in a million years but, when the inevitable "kids don't need me 24/7 anymore" hit a year or so ago I realized nursing was all I was qualified to do. I was fortunate enough to land an elementary school nurse job 2 miles from home - something totally new to me - and I absolutely love it. I'm not that passionate about nursing per se and find the school setting the perfect balance of nursing skills, people skills, organizational skills, technical skills and, not so unimportantly, 'mom' skills. However, in about 6 years when my youngest child graduates from high school I want to move back to my home state but have discovered that I wouldn't be qualified to be a school nurse there due to my lack of degree! Talk about a slap in the face. So, there you have it. More than anyone wants to know. It's just disheartening to realize that, even though I'm an RN, I will have worked a total of 20+ years, 7 of which will have been in the field of school nursing, I won't be able to continue just because of that damn 'piece of paper'!
Sorry for the length of this post!!