I was in the same mind-set you were in around Spring of 2006.
Now it Spring of 2007 and I will being entering into the nursing program to obtain my BSN at my local State college. It wasn't easy- lots of sleep deprevation and weight loss, mind you, this was just with the pre-req's courses.
What I did to find info on nursing school
I called every school (community colleges, universities, state colleges, and even vocational type of schools) that offered LPN, ADN, BSN ( BSN because my goal is to become a nurse-midwife which requires a MSN) Program.
Use the internet to find these school. Try to look in other near by in your area (if the drive is resonable) don't just look in your state. You should do this so you can apply to as much nursing programs in as much schools as possible to have a better chance of being accepted at one of them.
Ask the schools you call if you need to take a Pre-entrance exam and what the Grade point average is for that school to be accepted into the program.
Also, know that pre-req's (the classes you take before you enter the nursing program) usually takes 2 semester (9months) to complete. (this can vary)
If you want to start working as a nurse as earlier as possible, Apply to the LPN program, which usually takes about 10months to complete and the classes are usually held during the day Mon-Fri (this can vary if you go part time or take evening classes.)
Most importantly know that courses like Human Anatomy and Phisology, chemistry, microbiology , which are just pre- req's require lots and lots of study time, so be prepared to have your head buried in a book if you want to end the class with a decent grade. I have found this site to be very informational more than any other nursing site, so go to different formus as much as possible, if you have'nt already done so...
You might feel a little disconnected with your family since you'll be studying a lot so try not to get overwhelmed by keeping a balance between school and family.
Good Luck- Its worth it in the end.