work at the hospital while in nursing school

  1. Hello everybody!
    I am a nursing student and would like to start working in the hospital. What positions can I work as a nursing student? Nurse assistant? What else? Where to go? How to apply? How much do they pay for these positions? Any tips are welcome
    P.S. I am in Tampa
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  3. by   Pinkster
    My friend is going to try and work nights on the weekends now that we are in second semester.
    She called the hospital recruiter and explained that she is a student and would like a job for more experience and would consider working there after. She will be a nursing tech as she does not have her CNA license. So I would call up your local hospitals and find out what they have available or to keep your contact info of something does come up.
  4. by   Lola77
    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.

    Good luck!
  5. by   HarleyLee
    once you complete your first clinical rotation for nursing school, you can work as a student nurse/nurse assistant for most hospitals. i recommend doing it! it gives you a lot of hospital experience.