A little background: I have a BA unrelated to healthcare from 2009, then I graduated with ADN (RN) in June 2012, and passed NCLEX in late July 2012. I spent almost a year at a plasma donation center, and I'm now in my first year as a school nurse. I'm planning to spend at least 5 years in this district (paying into the state retirement system), and after that would like to pursue a degree for either PNP or FNP (I've got a few years to decide which).
My concern is that while I graduated Cum Laude
for my BA, I had a C average for my ADN. I'm also thinking that having zero hospital experience could hurt me as well. I'm going to start applying for PRN or PT work at the hospitals now that I'm past my "new grad" year, but that's not a guarantee I'll find anything.
Would these aspects cause trouble in applying to programs, or are non-traditional career paths becoming common? Since I'm planning now for a few years down the line, is there anything I can do in the meantime to offset my poor GPA? I'm in so much debt from the BA and ADN that I don't think adding a BSN before an MSN would be financially feasible, but a few community college courses over a few years would be doable, for example. Or would studying hard and scoring well on the GRE be enough?