Brooke--as of right now, yes you are correct you have one lab day (like 4-5 hours) and one clinical (8 hours) BUT, you also have to keep in mind you do have Pre-clinicals, its always on the day before your clinical and varies significantly depending on who your clinical faculty is and whether they have meetings, so, basically your pre-clinicals time can change if you are assigned to a full time faculty who have many meetings to attend. I had mine on Tuesdays and it could be 1pm or 430 pm, depending on my faculty's meetings.
I don't recommend working, if you have ANY way to avoid it, I would. There is one girl in my clinical group who is working full time as a tech, and she is mentally, emotionally, and completely physically drained at all times! Shes a sweetheart of a woman but she is stressed to the max. Like I said, if you can avoid it then do it but if you can't suck it up and get ready to stretch yourself very thin. Nursing school requires alot of time OUTSIDE the classroom/lab/clinicals. So just be prepared. I hope you don't think I'm being negative, its just the reality of the situation.
Heres some hope: Now I do not work but I am a single mother of 3 so I do have alot of obligation outside of school. I have an 11 year old who has sports, scool stuff, etc, a 3 year old and a 1 year old (they are ALOT of work lol). So I don't have nearly as much time to invest in school as some others that I know, however; I have maintained a very high grade in the course, VERY HIGH. So, its all in your perspective. Nursing school is not so much the "content" that you know but understanding the questions they're asking i.e. if they are asking you for an "intervention" don't give them an answer that starts with "assess", know the nursing process and follow it. Knowing little tips like that and the ABC's and Maslow's hierarchy of needs will seriously help you out tremendously in this first semester!! That will go a LONG ways towards a good grade no matter what else you have on your plate in your personal life. HTH some of you get mentally prepared! :)