Hi, I am also in the process of entering a NP program. I have a 2.6 GPA, so I was as worry as you about it because of it. Anyways, I did applied to 2 Universities and I already got a call for an interview. GPA is a very important aspect but it is not the only thing that Graduate programs look at. After I submitted my application, I called the graduate admissions department and they advised to take courses to bring up the GPA, it was something unreasonable for me to do because I would have to take so many classes to get to 3.0, so I called the program Director and she told me that was not something she recommends, actually she said that they will see it as something inflated or artificial. So, I applied, got myself a very good essay and obtained 3 very good letters of recommendation, one from a former prof., one from a co-worker and from a Supervisor at my job.
Another thing is I called almost every week to follow up on my application, I visited the campus and met with the Program coordinator, I expressed how important it was for me, I let myself be known. After a couple of months I did receive an invitation for the interview. Now I am preparing myself for that day, I am making sure I know everything about the program, about the University, about the research they do. I will speak to current students before the interview and get an idea from them. Also, check in the requirements if the GPA is for the whole nursing school
of for the las 60 credits you took, or for certain classes.
As I was searching schools
to apply, I noticed this things. Besides, be ready to let them know that you are not just a GPA, that you are more than that and when you tell them the reasons why you don't have a 3.0 or more be sure to mention what you learned from it, like if this family issues or whatever else happen again, because they could, that you learn how to deal with them and give them examples. In this way you are telling them that you are better prepare to be a Master's student. Let them know how much you want it and why.
I will tell you how it goes for me after the interview. Good luck and do not get discourage.