I am a nursing student in Tampa, too. I work part-time as a nurse tech in the one of the big hospitals. After you have completed one semester of nursing school
, most hospitals in the area will hire you as a nurse tech. Starting pay range is from $9.22/hr to $14/hr depending on location, status (full time vs PRN) and shift (more on nights and weekends). You can apply on-line, but I got my job by going into the HR office because I found my on-line apps were being ignored. BE PERSISTENT. UCH, St Joe's and Tampa General are all good places to start. Ask your fellow nursing students -- if one of them works in a hospital ask if they need any more techs.
You will make more per hour working PRN, plus it is more flexible for a student. I started out full time (3 12 hr shifts) but it was too much so now I make my own schedule and usually only work on Sundays. Be flexible at first and work HARD. Think of the job as a job interview
because you may want to work there someday and you never know who is watching you.
Being a nurse tech is great -- I have learned so much and I truly love my job and my hospital. Hopefully you can find a job on a floor with great nurses who will let you observe and learn things while on the job.