Your past GPA is/ will hurt you. A BSN would give you the chance to bring your GPA up significantly. It is not that difficult to get a high 3 or even 4.0/4.0 GPA in a RN to BSN program if you do what they ask you to do. In my personal opinion that should absolutely increase your chances of getting in to a graduate program. Also in my personal opinion you need to get nursing experiences during that time.
I am also surprised that you have problems finding a prn job as a nurse. You already know people in the ED, start networking when bringing in pt to the ED, talk to your medical director from the Fire Department,â€¦.
That was how I got my first job, I pointed out that I just took the NCLEX to the ED nursing director. Nobody had even an idea that I was in nursing school. The rest was just formality with HR.
Of Course I do not know what your furlough days are but I now numerous Paramedics working on a fire department and also have a part or even full time schedule in the ED as a RN (I was one of them).