Congratulations on your little one and taking steps to provide for yourself and family! Nursing is a tough job, but can be extremely rewarding. One option is to obtain a certified nurse assistant certification (sometimes called a patient care technician) and you can work in a hospital while going to nursing school. In some cases the hospital may either pay or reimburse your tuition for nursing school. Other options are to work as an assistant in skilled nursing or behavioral health. As well, you can also obtain an EMT license - these sorts of positions allow you to work while going to school and provide experience as well as exposure to the healthcare field. Good luck!
Nursing is a great career. It is stressful but very rewarding both financially and personally. Community colleges offer ASN programs that will enable you finish in 2 years and are cheaper than a 4 year college. However they can be very competitive so you have to work extra hard to score good grades in your pre requisite courses. ASN and BSN make the same money but ASN cannot hold administrative positions. You can always go back to school and get your BSN which is mostly online
I have been a nurse for 15 years, don’t regret it
Good work life balance with multiple schedule options. Ability to work overtime, and diversity in work environment. If you are a people person and have a caring heart, you will thrive. The money is also good but don’t do it just for the money
Take your time. Go to school on grants or as slowly as is necessary to graduate with zero debt. Enjoy the school environment. You have the rest of your life to work and make money.
Be prepared to give up almost everything outside of study. It is a rigorous course BUT the results are worth their weight in rubies. There will be times the sacrifices made will make you second guess yourself. STAY the COURSE! My mantra at the end of each course was ...one less to go! After 25 yeas as a nurse, I can truly say I LOVE MY CAREER choice. Best of success to you in your endeavors.