My nursing program did not require that we own a vehicle. However, we WERE responsible for making it to class and clinical. How we got there, they didn't care. But if it took us moving heaven and earth to get there, then they expected us to do just that.
We were also told at the start of the program that it would be difficult if not impossible to work full-time while in school, as we would have classes Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 0800-1400. We were also told to keep Tuesdays and Thursdays open for clinicals. We generally could pick whether we wanted morning or evening clinicals; however, there was no guarantee that we would get what we put in for. And they were upfront about the coursework being time-consuming. Some classmates who were CNAs/LVNs were able to swing working because they adjusted their schedule around school, but it wasn't easy for them. Most cut down to part-time.
A $1000 textbook? I also find that questionable. A $1000 software program/course, perhaps. A $1000 for a semester's worth of books, that could be possible (handy tip: Amazon
can be your friend--you can buy or rent for much less than the campus bookstore). $1000 for ONE textbook doesn't seem realistic.
And there is...and isn't...a nursing shortage. There is often a shortage of experienced nurses for jobs. And some specialities have shortages more than others. But at the same time, there's no shortage of new grad jobs, and even the jobs for experienced nurses often have a lot of competition.