It sure is a whole lot of work! I'm half way through my first semester and so far as long as I stay on top of my readings and pay attention in class I manage to do well on my exams. The issue is that everytime I blink there's a test or a ton of homework. I also work 40 hrs so this is taking it's toll on me. I commend anyone who manages to go to nursing school, work and take care of a family. I don't even have time to clean the house so I can't imagine if I had kids to look after how it would be. anyone who thinks nursing is hard please don't be discouraged, it really isn't. It's all about time management.