and would love to have more time to work on it but with working 6 days a week I just don't have time for it.
I can tell you that nursing school will have you working all but 4-7 hours per day, 7 days a week, and you will have time for nothing but nursing unless you are on semester or term or other breaks. Additionally, since you come from physical and active job, in RN school you will spend hours and hours sitting, just #$%@#% sitting
until you want to throw things. Hours sitting, reading, and rote-memorizing things. And that will not be enough time. There will never be
enough time to get it all thoroughly done, or to be thoroughly prepared, or rested and refreshed before an exam. They will heap piles of reading on you, and you have to read the bulk of it, but you also have to spend a lot of time throughout the program doing NCLEX-style questions for practice, because nursing demands that you apply it before you've actually even learned what it is, at least very often that's what happens.
And how do you feel about OB, & delivery, all the nitty-gritty of child development and childhood diseases, and their dee-star-star-star immunization schedules, and whatever? Because there is, like it or not, a huge, huge amount of "mama stuff" and what I see as mothering of people in the RN curriculum. Doctors don't do it; it got passed to the women, the nurses. If you see what doctors do and you like that, go for MD or DO or PA and steer clear of nursing. Nurse is, to me, like being Mom. It's here's hour med, and how do you feel today, and may I get you a snack or a pitcher of ice water, and changing diapers/briefs, and such. Most men that I know went LPN, because they work with an older population in LTC and some of those jobs pay $20/hr straight time, and don't have nearly the responsibility or difficulty. Plus it only takes one year to do, and most LPN students I know manage to get 6-8 hrs sleep per night and also hold down a part-time job. And we RN students are on a constant daily 24/7 grind, it seems.
I am female, not all all interested in momma jobs or child development, or child rearing, or family life, and I came from an engineering and technology background to nursing as a career change. I am about to call it a HUGE mistake. Aside from med-surg and actual surgery, the rest of it is for the birds, I hate catering to people, and having to learn all of that boring and disgusting child-related stuff is beyond infuriating and insulting
to me. But, you have to endure it, do well on it at clinicals, and pass the NCLEX to become RN. Just something to think about.