futurenursedd - you have the perfect attitude for nursing school, plain and simple. Going to school should be treated like any other occupation: 40 hours a week, sometimes with overtime. Some take more out of you than others, especially when you're new to them. A lot of the time it's all work and no play. Often you miss out on events with friends and family. The fact of the matter is nursing school is tough. I had a hard time. Many of the RNs I work with (including the ones I regard as model nurses) have expressed how tough they thought it was. The basic nursing concepts, pharmacology, pathophysiology of various disease states, interventions and treatment modalities, diagnostic and lab workups with their respective normal values, et cetera - all are approached at the same time in your education. Fully dedicating yourself to your education/studies now isn't only necessary for passing nursing school, but it will serve to provide better care for your patients and advance your career down the road. The key is how you take care of yourself along the way. As Karmatism said above, take time aside to be with your family. Even during the day when you're reading, if it's getting to be too much step away from it. Keep your eye on the prize, graduation is one step closer every day! Best wishes!
Dranger - that post failed to add anything to this conversation but ego. In fact the language might actually have managed to put the OP, who seems to legitimately be seeking support from the AN community, down. As a male RN, I'm offended. That lack of empathy just adds to the stigma that men don't belong in the profession. I feel like I speak for the majority in saying I'd rather be taken care of by somebody who struggled through nursing school and forfeit their social life to learn than somebody who endorses the "reading the text is a waste, party on the weekends, college philosophy"