yes school is hard. it's hard for most people - doctors, lawyers, engineers, business-runners etc as well as nurses. you have to decide if the rewards (being able to impact people's health) are worth all that work, and stick with it even when it's awful. one key is to find a school with great instructors - both intelligent AND kind. too many instructors aren't concerned with kindness because you do have to be tough & have a thick skin as a nurse. they could teach with kindness, though. ask nurses you come across where they went to school & what were the instructors like. the best ones are like good parents - kind, actually caring that you do well, helping you develop discipline for yourself, helping you grow & learn how to work really hard. no one can learn it for you! but doing this very hard thing prepares you to be a great nurse.