Hi Hanginginthere. I teach nursing students, and can offer some thoughts from my side of the picture. Not every student can work full or part time, manage their home life, and still keep up with the demands of nursing school, (especially first semester). Nursing school is another full time job, and often more.
I have had so many students who are exhausted by trying to make ends meet. The family's and the bill collectors' needs get met first, and the student wears out. I watch dedicated students who show so much potential and are working so hard start; falling asleep in class, turning in weak assignments, always rushing to and from class and clinicals, falling more and more behind on their sleep, and having increasing trouble with critical thinking. Then Flu season hits......Too much stress and not enough sleep?
I encourage you to do whatever you need to do to set yourself up for success! Explore every resource available through your school: financial, tutoring, carpooling, childcare, used/borrowed books etc. Explore every resource you can in your community, work and personal life. I see every $100 scholarship, grant or loan as another textbook paid for! Cut back your work hours the best you can to meet your needs and still keep your job.
Try to set your life up so you can devote the needed time and energy to laying a STRONG foundation of nursing knowledge. It will pay off later.
Oh, and get your flu shot!
Best of luck to you! Remember school is only a short time in your life, and it opens doors to so many choices in your long future!!