In my experience (as a student, grad student, and teaching in nursing programs
), a lot of the students who tell horror stories about having no free time and no life while in school are people with poor time management skills. Yes, you can expect nursing school (as a full-time student) to be at least
the equivalent (in terms of time and energy) of a full-time job. However, if you are able to focus and manage your time and energy, and use them wisely, you can still manage some time for family, friends, and personal interests. In fact, IMO, it's v. important, for your own well-being, to maintain a personal life outside of school.