I was wondering if the hospitals still have positions that are just for nursing students. When I finished my first semester, I was able to get a job as a Nurse Tech at my local hospital. The position was only for those students who had finished first sem of nursing school
and were going to become RN's. I learned so much as a Nurse Tech! I was allowed to do anything that the primary RN would let me do. Anytime there was a procedure to be done on the unit the RN would get me to go with them. After I showed them I was profecient, they let me do it by myself. I had some great teachers on that unit who took me under their wing. After I finished my first year of nursing school I became a Tech II and made more money. I was able to study nursing at work and was encouraged to do so. Of course I did alot of feeds and baths too but I also got to do IV's, chest tube care, caths, etc. I was working under the RN's license so of course I could only do what they let me do, which was everything, including care planning and pulling orders, etc. I was not counted in figuring staffing untill I became a tech II, then I was counted as 1/2 nurse for staffing purposes. The unit was totally primary care and did not have assistants. All the nurses were RN's with BSN degrees as this is how the hospital hired. After I earned my RN, I was able to stay on the unit. It was nice being able to be a new RN with all that experience on the same unit! This was such a wonderful program. I was wondering if any hospitals have this type of position available to the students today.
Thanks for your response!