I have been a long time lurker on allnurses and I was just hoping for some advice. I got my undergraduate degree (in English...) in 2010 and spent some time working mostly pretty miserable temp desk jobs. I have always thought that nursing would be a good choice for me, but followed my passion for writing in college (started down that path in relatively better times economically). Anyway I have since returned to school and I am taking my pre-reqs for ABSN programs at the local community college. I don't have parents supporting me financially or anything and rent and my loans from my first degree are taking a big toll.
I will be done with my pre-reqs as of August and I am starting to look at applications. The trouble is, my GPA from my first degree is 3.1, which is not impressive I know. I did work throughout undergrad to pay for tuition and finished a semester early when I realized I didn't know exactly what my direction was. I am doing really well in my prereqs and I have a 4.0 so far. I have been looking for volunteer positions, but it is surprisingly difficult so I am also getting my CNA certification. My end goal is to become either a family nurse practitioner or a certified nurse midwife. I am even considering applying to direct entry master's programs to go directly for an advanced practice degree. I am just so worried that my undergraduate GPA will hold me back. I am terrified of digging myself farther and farther into debt to pursue this dream.
Any advice? There's really no turning back now I guess, but if you have some words of wisdom I would love to hear them.