What can I do with this?

  1. I have now recieved my CPR card and First Aid card...yeah I know...nothing much...but I am 16 and recieved it through my high school program...but does that help me with any jobs? Where can it benefit me? If it even does at all...
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   JessicaER-RN
    Babysitting and being a life guard are all I can think of.
  4. by   mtdnk
    Congratulations on your acheivments. Quite motivated and mature! Though not paying in the monetary sense, consider volunteering. If you are planning to pursue health care as your profession, check out local hospitals, etc. This is a good way to set yourself up for possible scholarships.
    As soon as I was able, I volunteered at my community hospital (candy striper) and was eligible/won a nice nursing scholarship. Of course, that was 30 years ago (YIKES!!)...... but some things never change. Check out nursing homes, rehabs, etc. Best of luck!
  5. by   P_RN
    Very good! You are to be commended indeed.

    I would think any employer would see that as a plus. If you are looking at healthcare as a career, volunteering is a good way to start. Keep us posted.
  6. by   JBudd
    Summer youth programs, camp counselor. Many retail places have AEDs, knowing how to use them is important. List it as experience or skills on any job application, especially if you don't have other jobs to list, its a good start.

    congrats!
  7. by   RN007
    Congratulations! I think getting CPR and First Aid cards at your age are tremendous achievements and shows a lot about your motivation and initiative. Does your high school have a good guidance counselor? Maybe that person could give you advice also. Keep up the hard work!umpiron:
  8. by   slou!
    Hey, I am a freshman nursing student and I am also CPR and First Aid certified in high school. The only things I really did with it was babysitting. I mean it is helpful to KNOW, but I don't think it can really help much more job wise! I would think that it would be a plus to any job in the healthcare field though!
  9. by   TheCommuter
    I was a caregiver for mentally retarded comsumers in a home setting while in my late teens and needed at CPR card to perform that job. I never had to use CPR while working as a caregiver, but possessing the CPR card was a condition of employment.
  10. by   Dalzac
    you can always use it as a reference if you advertise for a babysitting job,but be careful advertising always have Mom or Dad with you if the person wants to meet you
  11. by   Antikigirl
    There is one job that is very important you can do with the CPR card...apply it when needed to a person in trouble! I have found that medical troubles happen just about anywhere! I was glad when I had mine at 16 and an infant was choking on a hot dog and the parents were talking and didn't notice (I was in a restaurant). I took care of it, almost being hit by the mother for grabbing her child..LOL, can't blame her for that, till she realized what I was doing! And boy oh boy did I get thanked and wow...felt great and knowing I saved a child helped my confidence 10 fold!

    Or the time a man fell down in a bazzar on year when I was 14 at our school from a heart attack and my mother started CPR on him...everyone else was just dumbstruck, and my mom was keen and fast and didn't just stand around (like many do!). She actually had to beg someone to call for help (back before 9-11)...and wow. He lived!!!!!!

    And...besides all this...you can do one other thing to help...tell others to please take CPR and keep it up! The more folks out there that can be there on scene when medics aren't there that know CPR..the better pt outcomes! And that is a win win!!!!!!

    As far as jobs...I agree with the above posters, and perhaps entry into a volunteer fire fighter position if you are in an area for that.

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