It is absolutely NOT a hard format and UofP does a good job of giving you shortcuts so you don't have to worry about it. You actually have templates already created in that format that you can use. You'll have to do an APA paper in practically every class. It's just a specific font and page set up. If you can formulate a proper sentence, you're good to go.
In your first few classes your instructors will be really lenient. As long as you show good communication with them, use the forums and check your forums daily then your instructors will be very open and understanding. The hardest thing for me was trying to get along with everyone in my team. There's always someone who acts like they can take the reigns and manage the assignment but then they do everything at the last minute and the quality is poor. Or you'll have a teammate that doesn't communicate and misses turning in their part. And then what do you do when someone clearly doesn't know what they are doing but they are on your team? I finally met another nurse and she was having a lot of the same doubts I was having. But I just kept my focus going forward and told myself that I'd be with my fellow nurses soon and it wouldn't be so damn unprofessional.
So far I haven't done any "studying." Basically you go week by week completing your assignments and it's based on how fast you can do research and write a paper. If you can master the art of writing papers and finding references, you can cut down on time. Now I can write an APA paper in a day if I have to. But I had to stay up 36 hours to research patients and write care plans
in previous nursing school. I haven't had many tests, yet. The tests I have had were simply quizzes and they were basic.
If you're looking for night work then you should be able to find something.
I guess it's really hard for nurses who have no previous medical experience in their work background to find work because everyone is looking for experience but a lot of people are looking for day positions. Finding LTC night jobs should be easy. You can also look into hospice and home health but I think there are some limitations to insurance benefits in those positions. I found FT work as a school nurse a month after I passed my NCLEX but that was one of those find work anywhere positions. I stuck around for a few years but now I'm looking for something else. Working in corrections is good too as far as schedules go because they tend to be short weeks but long hours. It's interesting work, though. Anyway, if you don't find a nighttime position at an LTC facility, then sign up with a few of them you like as PRN and as soon as a position opens up, they'll look towards their PRN nurses who are looking for FT work before they start hiring out of the facility.