I restarted my life during the '08-09 recession, in my mid 30s, with a Bachelors degree. I am in Dallas, so my results may differ from others...I worked full-time (40+ hours/week) and went to cc to get my ADN, got hired full-time as an RN in an ICU, then returned to an accelerated online BSN that I completed in 6 months while working full-time. I have not regretted any of it, and I'm now planning on moving into either management, or NP.
If you want it, you can do it. If you have to work while going to school, you can do it. It's not easy, but I excelled in my job, and I graduated with a 3.9.
Talk to the hospital recruiters in your area, but I think I would go the route Smartchick is going. For me, I saved a lot of money by going through cc first. Just know to take all advice, including mine, with a grain of salt--there are going to be many, many, people who will tell you you can't do this or that, or will tell you it's either super soul-crushingly difficult or a breeze, etc. You CAN do this route, work if you need to, graduate, and get a good job.
Best of luck!