"I am intimidated about going back to school, scared to spend a ton of money and not pass tests, scared no one will hire a nurse from an online school"
I share some of your fears, also... except the last one! I totalled it up, and, yes, it IS a lot of money, but the only logical way to go, for me. I have some ancient college credits that should count toward pre-reqs. I faxed requests for official transcripts to the schoools that I attended, then will apply to EC for review. I plan to CLEP the Psych Human Growth & Development and the English Comp, am starting to study Micro, to take the EC Exam....and then, the Nursing Exams.
The first person I knew that went to Regents (former name of Excelsior) about 20 years ago worked as a Nurse, then went to PA school.
Good luck to you!