I'm a long time reader, first time poster here at allnurses. It seems like a great community to belong to with many willing and helpful contributors.
Bare with me, this could get deep. I am a 2011 college graduate in an unrelated field. Many years before I finished school, I was involved with a serious accident that left me in severe condition. I didn't know it yet, but that experience in the hospital, the first time I had been in one since birth, touched off my curiosity in medicine. I was unable to withdraw from school to completely recover so I was left with a few quarters of miserable grades. Unfortunately, the NCAA waits for no one and my eligibility would dry up if I sat out.
Fast forwarding to present day, I am researching heavily in the medical field as a future and nursing/physical therapy are strong contenders in my eyes. I would like to attend an ABSN because I feel as though it would be the best fit for me. I thrive in competitive situations and love having pressure on me. The problem is, I'm concerned that I don't know everything thus me writing up my story in order to gain the advice of those who have been through it already.
I am trying to start communications from schools but they are incredibly slow to respond. I don't want to start taking pre-reqs for nothing if I'm not going to be given a chance at an ABSN program. I have a 2.86 (not bad for a two year brain injury recovery, I think at least) GPA in my undergrad B.A. Is there anything I can do in order to better my standing as an applicant to an ABSN? I think a program like Concordia University - Irvine would suit me well, but I'd hate to get all the way down the road of pre-reqs and be denied everywhere. My goal would be to eventually become a CRNA because, for me, that's where I believe I would be truly helping people and being challenged mentally. I know it's ridiculous for me to say I want to be as quick as I can through schooling in an ABSN when I need to start pre-reqs at the moment. I'm currently looking at online courses through BYU and I'm not sure how those stack up as far as acceptance goes.
Basically, I need help/wisdom/advice/positive vibes/honesty from this amazing community of students and professionals. I'm feeling a bit lost in the whole process and could use a little help. If anymore information is needed I can certainly provide more.
Thank you so, so much.