Nursing school is a bear, much worse than either the undergraduate BS-Applied Mathematics or BS-Computer Science degrees that I earned at the University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to the demanding academic schedule, you'll endure the emotional roller coaster known as nursing school hell. Everyone, at some point in their nursing school days, has broken down and cried, and seriously contemplated quitting.
My advice. Get your life in order. Get the divorce behind you. Have a game plan of who is going to watch the kids while you are at 12 hour per day clinicals.
That being said, if you want to go for it ...
Find out the pre-requisite courses for the nursing programs that you are interested in
applying to. Every nursing program I have seen requires 1 semester of Chem w/Lab,
1 semester of Microbiology, and 2 semesters of Anatomy & Physiology. You may also
be required to take an Algebra-I or Algebra-II level mathematics course.
I would suggest starting out with Anatomy & Physiology at your local Community College. The cost will be relatively low. Now is the time to hone your study skills. You should walk out of A&P I and II with a 90+ average. As bad as you may think these two courses might be, they are a cakewalk compared to nursing school. Remember, you aren't spending 1 or 2 twelve hour clinical shifts in the hospital at this point.
Make sure you know how to write term papers. You will write multiple articles during the nursing school process.
In nursing school, I probably put in 4 hours a day studying. More on the weekends. Way more the week before midterms and finals. Remember, there are no curves in nursing school. Univ of Pgh now requires an 80% to pass an undergraduate nursing class. That means, 79.4% = fail/do over and 79.5% rounds up to 80% meaning you passed. You will most definitely see classmates pass or fail a class by only 1 or 2 questions. The margins of failure vs. success are that thin in nursing school.
Regarding finances. Make sure you have a few $$ in reserve for a rainy day fund. The car will probably die the morning of clinicals, or you may need a new furnace or washer/dryer. Stuff costs money. Make sure you have it, before nursing school.
Relatives, boyfriends, and girlfriends will all get jealous of your success. Some will support you ... others will try to tear you down. Don't believe me? Look at some of the earlier threats posted on this website (allnurses).
Here's to wishing you a successful journey.
Johnny in Pennsylvania.
(Completed BSN - Univ of Pgh in 2014).