When I first started NS I didn't work. I had a reasonable amount of time to spend with my kiddos. I was gone studying quite a bit (can't get a thing done at home) but I tried really hard to get as much done during working hours as as possible. I got my kids off to school every morning except clinical days and I got them from school. I was really only seriously absent on the weekends before a test.
As the semesters have worn on, things have gotten harder. I do spend more of my time studying, but the biggest time-suck is working. I work 3 12s, a 12 hour clinical, and 2 days of class. By the time I get home from work or clinical, it's pretty much time for my kids to go to bed. If I have to be at the hospital the next day, I won't see them until that next night.
I have one day a week off, but that day has to be spent studying.
So, no, I'm not around. I'm like a ghost floating in and out of my own home. I make time to see my family, but between that, housework, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and general grown up stuff, there's literally no time for anything else. I keep calling my friends just to check in and let them know I'm still alive.
So all that goes to say, experiences vary. I've had varying experiences within my own journey. It's impossible to know how you're going to take to nursing school until you're in the middle of it. It may take everything you've got, or you may have plenty of yourself left to burn. Working adds stress, but lots of people do it.