I was lucky enough not to have to work. Half of my class didn't have a choice, though. They worked in a local factory that was getting ready to close it's doors. They couldn't quit or they'd lose their benefits but they had to have a job lined up for when the plant closed. They worked 5 8-hour nights and came to nursing school
during the day. None of them flunked out, either.
In fact, the only student we lost was an older lady who had trouble drawing up an injection without an air bubble. They gave her 2 tries and then failed her. Everybody else got, like, 4 or 5 tries. I think they just wanted rid of her. Not fair but, hey, that's nursing school for ya!
Our only full day has always been our clinical day. The other days are always 3 or 4 hours for a lecture or 2. I don't know why they go on about it being a full-time program. To me, full-time is a 40 hour work-week-not 2 3-hour days, 1 4-hour day, & an 8 hour clinical day. That's part-time.
3rd & 4th semester are so light, there's really no reason not to work, unless you just don't need to.