Nursing students also are given the technology package the same as the engineers. I do know some people that have two; one laptop stays in their room while they carry the other one around. Its up to you how you want to go about it but you will get the technology package when you come to MSOE as a nursing student.
I'm a nursing student. In the 3 years that I've been here, I've used MS Office programs and one imaging program. Almost all of the free software is necessary only for engineering students. There are a handful of programs that might be necessary or helpful, but they probably aren't hard to find and certainly a lot cheaper than 1200$ a year; some you can probably find for free or as a free trial. True, 'free' printing is handy, but if you have your own printer or only print when it's necessary (eg, only stuff you have to have as a physical copy and not just a word doc) it's not a big deal. Tech support... well, my experience has been less than sterling. Most problems seem to be solved with reimaging- which means erasing everything on the laptop. Sometimes they actually do stuff. Sometimes they need to send in to HP for repairs, which takes a bit but usually works. Sometimes they simply tell you, "Computers just do stuff," and you have to go google the issue and fix it yourself. I've been to IT once, and that was the help I received (it turned out to be a common error carried over from the previous OS, and I managed a work-around).
Basically, if you have the excess money, the school laptop is probably not a terrible idea (although the newer ones are essentially netbooks). If you'd rather get something that's going to be useful now as well as in the future, I'd say just spring for a good laptop and get the best warranty you can find in case you need it.