Quote from MB37
Make sure you hire a decent lawyer, and get as much child support as humanly possible if you believe you will have custody. Is the soon-to-be ex going to remain in the same city as you? Is he planning on being an active parent? Especially if your family is elsewhere, you will probably need someone to help out with childcare if you will need to work and attend school. How amicable/acrimonious is the divorce? Can you two still talk about things, and put your child's needs first?
It's funny that you would advise someone to get as much child support as humanly possible and then almost in the same breath talk about being amicable. You know, child support is supposed to support children, not ex-wives who need an easy way to get through school.
To the OP: You're not going to work full time through nursing school. If you work as a CNA, you may get a scholarship
benefit from your employer. If they have one, you may have to work for a year or so before you can use it, depending. One local hospital where I live has a good scholarship that you can use PRIOR to employment. These scholarships
mostly (probably always) have a requirement to work for the organization for a period of time related to the amount of money given. Most of your support will come from loans, financial aid, and your child support (if you get custody). In my state (Oregon), there is a program that repays student loans for nurses who work in rural areas for a period of time. Other scholarships are available.
You didn't say anything about your citizenship status. I'm assuming that you're a US citizen.