I'd echo the importance of time managment. My program is 11 months, and is pretty full-on all the time, but is managable enough because I just decided ahead of time that for these 11 months, my job and hobby is nursing school
, and I do virtually nothing else. On the other hand, there is a gal in my program with three young kids, and she is doing as well as I am but is even more efficient in planning her time.
What helps us is that we all get along really well (very important, I heard the last accelerated class had students throwing books at each other!) and asking the instructors to lay out very clearly ahead of time what assignments, tests, and clinicals are about and when they are due.
And just suck it up and hang in there. It ain't easy, but on the other hand I couldn't imagine spending another 2 years in school in the traditional program.