I will be entering the Rush University (Chicago) program in January--it is the first year of the ABSN at Rush. There is no way you will be able to work a weekday job and do an accelerated program. I will be there 5 days a week, and have been told by Rush that I should expect to be in class or clinicals 30-40 hours a week. Then you have to study. The school clearly states that the program does not leave room for outside employment. I also have a son, so I will definitely not be working. In fact, I only have 3 more weeks left of work!
I will be getting health insurance for my family through Rush, since my husband is self-employed and is a stay-at-home dad for our son. It is not cheap, but it is cheaper than to COBRA my current insurance. I would think most schools
would offer students health insurance especially since nursing students are required to have it.
So I guess you will need to decide how quickly you want to get through school. For myself, we could not afford for me to go full time for 2 years to go the regular route. And I did not want to wait longer to go part time will working.