As someone who has really considered the medical school option (I always thought I could graduate, take a couple bio/chem courses while working and then go, but lately I've been really interested in eventually going the NP route instead as I love the patient interaction nursing provides, plus it would put me in way less debt lol), I can say I don't think it's a bad plan at all, where she is going wrong is not taking her schooling seriously. Getting into med school is difficult, especially with a nursing degree as it is often not their first choice for undergrad degrees, so you need to get good grades, do volunteer work and interview well and still it's very possibly you won't get in even having done all that. Honestly, most students really can't afford to get a biochem degree, not get into med school and have no job prospects. Nursing is also a job where you can work prn shifts during your first few years of med school, which once again helps with the financial burden. While you may not necessarily agree with it, it is a route that a lot of students go because it makes sense. And I really don't think there's anything wrong with it. It's not necessarily that these students don't enjoy nursing, most of the ones I know would be perfectly happy nurses if they didn't get in, thus why they chose to get their undergrad in nursing. Also most of them are very intelligent and have great critical thinking skills so I think they will be great nurses if they stay in the field.