Quote from AnonRNC
1. If your family doesn't provide good role models, seek out a mentor - maybe a professor, an older co-worker, etc. to help talk you through decisions.
2. Get to know your TRUE self so that your decisions reflect your heart, not the influences of important people in your life - including family or a mentor.
3. Don't get into debt (MAYBE for school, but nothing else for sure!).
I highly suggest you take a deep look into #2. It's can be a big investment (time and money) to choose a career, whether it be nursing or any other profession. Make sure it's really what you want to do. If you do decide on nursing, just get the BSN. It will make you more marketable and you can finish it all in one sitting.
To make extra cash, work as a CNA! I wish I did...it would provide hands on experience, maybe help decide if it's what you want to do, and get your foot in the door. Put away at least 10% of your paycheck to savings. If you can live with your parents, do it. I did and it help me save a ton of money that I used to pay off my loans.
I also agree with a previous post- try to focus on your education first before starting a family. Less obligations, less stress. And make time for yourself-- have fun!
Good luck in this journey we call Life