I need a ton of advice I'm in the early stages of planning the start of a nursing career. I have a year of prereqs to complete before I can apply to any program. Here's my story I first graduated college nearly 7 years ago with a bachelor's in biology. I worked in a lab and as a lab educator for a short time. The last 4 years I have been working in childcare. The last two years I've felt a strong pull towards nursing and this last year have started working on prereqs. I'm mostly taking classes I missed the first time around and retaking classes I didn't do well in because I didn't take college as seriously as I should have the first time around. Ultimately, I want to be a pediatric nurse practitioner I am unsure of how to get there. I do not have a medical or healthcare background at all and I think that will hurt me as an applicant even for a direct entry programs. Aside from grades and test scores, what are some ways I can boost my application? Would it be better for me to take the 18 month to 2 year route and become an RN and then apply as opposed to going the direct entry route. I will also need to work while in school no matter what educational path I pursue.