First and foremost, this will be a long question and hopefully I can get some advice because I'm losing hope that I will ever achieve my goal.
I graduated July 2011 with a Bachelors in Molecular and Cell Biology. At first I was considering pre-med but I short-changed myself because I thought I couldnt do it so I switched majors. Then I got caught up in the college partying lifestyle and quickly became depressed and unmotivated. I barely graduated with a 2.1 GPA. >.<
Ive been working in a clinical laboratory doing mundane and repetitive tasks everyday and everyday for the past year I have regretted not working harder in college and going for what I really wanted (Nurse Practioner in Women's Health). I look around at the people I work with and it seems that everyone there has given up on themselves and are content to stay exactly where they are. They are a depressing and sad bunch of people whose lives all revolve around small meaningless drama at work and they really have nothing to say for themselves. I dont want to be like them. I know I can be better and make a difference in this world.
I still have this yearning to become a nurse practioner but Ive scoured the internet and I have started to lose hope. My GPA is WAAAAAAY too low to get into any Entry level masters program. I cant even get into the accelerated bachelors programs. Ive considered going to community college and getting an ADN (2 years) then doing the RN to MSN (3 years) program but I'm not quite sure how long that will take or even how to start...
I also considered going back to school and busting my butt to get a second bachelors in Clinical Laboratory Science (3 years) and then trying again for the entry level's master program (3 years).
But these are all just theoretical options. I have no idea if they are even viable.... Can someone out there provide me some perspective on these ideas and what I can do to eventually become a nurse practioner?
Thank you so much for reading this long-winded post. I appreciate your candor and advice.