Thanks for all replies, everyone. All your suggestions and encouragement are truly appreciated. My family and friends are sympathetic, which is nice and has it's purpose, but you guys are the ones with sympathy AND solutions, which is REALLY nice!
I am definitely going to take another look at the big-bank private school that I previously dismissed. It makes sense that if you get in quicker, you graduate quicker too, thereby joining the workforce to begin earning money asap. Of course, I'm already 2 years into this Comm. College for about $14k, so what's another $40k? (It's like Monopoly money at this point.)
When I speak with my advisor this morning, I am going to ask about becoming an LPN in order to use the LPN-RN transition, which definitely gives RN applicants a nice edge, but is not a guaranteed admission to the Nursing Program. However, it's another path that's worth exploring, for sure.
Looking outside my area is a great idea, however it would not benefit my situation. I live in a part of West Virginia that is squarely in between Virginia and Maryland. Out of state tuition is cost prohibitive, unfortunately.
I love the imagery of Randy Pausch's brick wall analogy. It is humbling and energizing at the same time and I needed to read that, so thank you very much!
I'll be sure to update after my meeting with my advisor this morning. Ultimately, I just might be too stupid to give up, so I'll keep on keepin' on.....Thanks again, everyone!