Quote from sueall
I recall reading about a Texas program called "Fresh Start" or something like that -- where you had a once-per-lifetime ability to throw out ALL past college grades and start over. Sort of a college-credit bankruptcy, if you would. But you can't cherry-pick which classes to expunge -- it's all of them or nothing. I don't know if this would help you in your situation, but if it's still available, I'd leave it as a last resort. Sorry I can't give you more details, I just remember seeing it a couple years ago. And check to make sure the colleges or programs you are looking into won't still look at your prior grades even with Fresh Start grades.
I looked into this program as I qualified for it and was in a similar situation the original poster was - here is the best information I can recall.
It is called "Academic Fresh Start". You are able to claim this for classes that are 10+ years old, and yes they are basically erased. You can only claim the fresh start at the time of application and only as a new applicant to a new school; guess you kind of burn the bridge with the original school. I believe this would allow for you to retake classes, earn better grades and ignore grades that meet the 10+ year mark. Until then you carry that with you.
My recommendation - look into LVN (LPN) and ADN programs. The BSN programs have the luxury of have a 3:1 application to seat ratio (or higher). Some ADN programs are more forgiving and look at completion of coursework (not grades) and entrance exam scores. Then again there are plenty of programs that allow for LVN -> RN.
I would agree that your best option would be to meet with a health program/nursing school advisor and then complete all of your future studies with your best effort. Most of the transition programs (LVN - RN, ADN - BSN) look at the grades from your last achievement/license/degree. This may mean a longer road, but kicking butt in a program may lead you on to your eventual goal.