I agree with the previous post. Nearly everyone that I have met in NS had those same questions at first. Nursing was always a dream of mine too-mostly oncology but have found other units that interest me too but not as much.
I'm not going to sugar coat anything but you really have to have the desire and be motivated. There will be times when you want to
or maybe pull your hair out at first until you get into the swing of things! But you will catch on and things will start falling into place and you'll be fine. To me, each semester became a little bit harder and more is expected out of you but that's ok.........you readjust and move on!!
You definately will be studying and doing paperwork but it all helps you learn. It took me until 3rd semester to realize this but, hey. You need a good support system and people will need to realize that you are not going to have alot of extra time to spend with them until you're done. As long as they know you're not ignoring them it should work out. As far as interfering with your family (when you have one of your own) you will know what's right and how much time you want to devote to your career at that time.
This board is full of support for the student and I wish I had found it earlier b/c if nothing else you have a place to vent! Good luck and follow your heart!!