Well there are a lot of parents in the program. For many this is a second career, and speaking as a student without children, I have no idea how the mothers of the program manage it. They're superheroes.
It's also different than university in that there are many little assignments and presentations as opposed to the odd paper, midterm and final exam. I personally found university easier! It's not the difficulty of the content, it's the volume.
1) No. You wear scrubs
to lab based classes and placement.
2) No. (that's a super weird situation too with the Humber student!) I mean, yes, go to class. Most people need the auditory benefit of instruction. I don't...but...I went to university and am an independent learner and my grades are fine. Going to class keeps you on track though, and sometimes professors drop hints about upcoming tests. It's generally a better thing to do, but don't sweat it if you need the time to study for a test that happens to be that day. Labs, however, are mandatory, as they should be. Clinical is mandatory. I see students taking a day off from clinical and I don't get it...you're paying for that education and it's a direct window to your future career.
3) Depends! The most common classes to be offered in the spring for those who fail are pathology and pharmacology, I think. Theory is tough for many as well. Anatomy is memory based, not application, so I wouldn't say that's tough compared to the others. For semester 1, I'd guess Theory will be the most challenging. Attend Peer Led learning sessions, they help.
I think I had all A's in semester 1...I can't recall struggling with that level.
4) Not for nursing, but there is a place in the library for editing papers and APA checks and such which will be important later if you struggle with that. There are Peer Led Learning Sessions (CALs) that can be helpful as they engage you with the material. It's run by students (hi) and they review the material with you.