I would just recommend a lot of research, looking into your local schools, and talking to people who are nurses. The field of nursing has a lot of great opportunities, the pay is good, there is almost always going to be job openings, and you are helping people, but with that said it's also not all butterflies and rainbows.
I am not sure what colleges are in Florence, but I am originally from Louisville, Ky. I attended a few semester at Jefferson County Community College and it is crazy competitive. I live in a smaller community in Nevada now so I am only competeing with about 150-200 people but at JCC you are competing with 500+. They do accept people into the nursing program every semester though where as the college I go to now only accepts people in the fall.
Also just because nursing is a 2 year programs doesn't mean you are only in school for 2 years and I find that people don't generally understand that. You are going to be in the nursing program for 2 years alone, the requirements to get into that program vary but could also take up to 2 years. The school I am going to now is taking me a year and a half because I had to take Chemistry to be able to take Anatomy 1 then I can take anatomy 2 next semester. Those 3 classes are what is making me take so long because you have to have one before you can have the others and some schools are like that. This doesn't even take into account if you have to re-take a class which can put you behind another semester.
And be cautious about taking your science classes during the summer. It's a lot of knowledge being crammed into just a month and a half. I would die if I had to retain all of my anatomy knowledge (we are in chapter 14 now) in just 2 months time.
I am not trying to discourage you, but I think sometimes people are unrealistic about wanting to become a nurse. There are girls in my class right now who have said "I'm not cleaning up someone's poop" or "I'm not going to do this or that". Realisticly you're probably going to have to do a lot of disgusting things and you should consider whether or not you can handle it. If you don't know if you can handle it then get your CNA (certified nurses aid) and after your clinicals you will know.