Have you spoken with the school to let them know where you are at with the prereqs? I got accepted even though school started in a few months and I was still finishing up the last prereq...they just wanted it done by the first day of school, luckily, it was online, self pace, so I powered through. But admissions may be able to give you some advice if you haven't already spoken with them.
I worked the second out of 3 semesters...the first semester of nursing school you just have to hold on tight for the ride, manage your stress, everything is new, it is a culture shock, you want to find out right away what text books you need to read and which ones you don't. the last semester was just too crazy busy and I am not Type A....I need my vegg time. I worked as a physician scribe in the emergency department...the shifts were between 8-10 hours...really great experience, I think that is what helped me ace the HESI (NCLEX predictor exam).
I still got student loans for a second bachelors degree...all my previous loans were consolidated with Xpress Loans ($30k)...so I just put that on hold while in school (they are so awesome and wonderful, so helpful). I get a 6-9 month grace period for my nursing school loans so then I will consolidate them with the Xpress company ...and start paying it all off....$500/month, ouch!
I got my degree in Maryland, at a small college/university. I went out of state. I am looking for jobs in Washington, Maryland and California (that's where I am from). I need to pretty much get my WA license and move there before anyone is going to take me seriously, I have gotten several calls from staffing agencies and hospitals explaining this....they have all been soo nice about it though. I was going to do a Critical Care new grad program at one hospital here in Maryland, and after going through all the rigamarole, they just called to say they canceled the program due to low census and budget....which most hospitals in the nation have cut the programs....but I just yesterday called the hospital next to my school and they were very enthusiastic and have given a lot of students in our program jobs already, event though they have not taken the NCLEX yet....so I think I might be getting hired there, albeit part time. California (the Bay Area) is inundated with new grad applicants. I applied to a VA hospital and 1200 people applied for 8 positions!!!! And the hospital probably already knew who they were hiring, they legally have to post the job. lame!
Soooo, I think I just might have to get my initial experience here in MD.....but as soon as I pass the NCLEX (Feb 3) then I will endorse to CA and WA just to have those options later on, and it takes several weeks to go through. I am trying not to be depressed about staying here longer...however, I was glad I came here for school, it was an excellent program, cheap, and quick.
Good Luck! I would go BSN...you are going to want to do that eventually, and some hospitals only hire BSN. Just get the pain over with at one time!