It is always possible,
I suppose, to work and go to school. During my first college experience, I worked 40-50 hours a week and took 18-21 credits a semester and still received straight "A's." (I also got very sick ;-)
I am approaching my last semester of nursing school
and can honestly say that I could not have learned anything with excellence had I continued working last semester. Many students had to keep working, however.
The problem, in my opinion, was that these students sacrificed their ability to learn in the process. The majority of them struggled to maintain their grades or just "barely" passed.
"After all," they said, "C equals RN."
This is somewhat understandable. It is also disturbing. I believe that since we will be working in close proximity with patients whose lives may depend on our knowledge that we are truly responsible to learn what we do with excellence.
In nursing school, my attitude has changed considerably from my first college expereince. I have studied for 6-8 hours at a time in order to...not just pass...but truly comprehend what I am being taught.
Now, some people say they don't have to study at all. With a class average of low "C's," I find this doubtful.
More power to you, whatever you choose. If you must work, then I am sure that your perseverance will benefit you. If working is not an absolute necessity, then take that time to study!