I earned my bachelor's degree so I could get a strong background in public health and boost my GPA before applying to nursing school. I've conducted research, presented at conferences, interned, volunteered, done HealthCorps...worked with HIV patients, Hospice patients, the homeless population, and minority populations...become certified as a massage therapist and a CNA...and accepted to five nursing schools this past year; two of them top-ranked.
Yet, I enrolled in a BSN/MSN FNP program and had to drop out a week before school began because I couldn't afford it. Since, it seems that my options have dwindled: more schools are requiring new prerequisites, and I don't have money to spare for taking more classes. There's now a mandate that all NPs have a doctorate by 2015, so I missed my chance to complete a BSN/MSN program that would allow me to work as an advanced practice nurse. Most scholarships and federal loan programs exclude second degree students.
I feel hopeless. My entire life was devoted to a path in nursing--I thought it was my calling. Even an ADN seems out of reach, since it is still prohibitively expensive (when living expenses, etc. are factored in) with an even greater gap between my end goal and where I am now.
If anyone has encouraging words or some advice, I'd be grateful. I feel like I've looked into every option and nothing works. I am so depressed. Please help.