How much of clinicals do nursing students need to have under their belt before they can work as a nurse's aide? Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, I will need to work while attending nursing school, but I would like to try to work weekends so that during the week, my complete attention can be on my school work.
While I am doing my prereqs, I am having to work my school schedule around my day job.
Dec 26, '00
None- you will get trained. I am working and getting my BSN as a multi-skilled tech ( nursing assistant, unit sec, and monitor tech). Working at a hospital, in my opinion, will make you a better nurse. Working and going to school will be hard, but it can be done.
Dec 27, '00
That's absolutely right! You don't need any clinical experience to work in the hospital. Last summer I got a job as a unit clerk, and I got hired with no experience. I was just orienting for a while. I think that as long as you show interest in the medical field or have some knowledge, then you'll get hired right away. It's pretty good money for being a student.
It's different though if you want to be an aide. I just finished my first semester in the BSN program and our instructors said we're now qualified to take the exam and get certified as an aide. I've been wanting to do that too. I think that being an aide while in nursing school will be a big help...you can get more hands on experience, and get used to working with more than just 2 or 3 patients.
I hope this helps...Good luck!
Jan 10, '01
At the hospital I'm at, we needed to have two semester completed before we could apply as a Patient Care Tech without actually being licensed as an aide. I think all places are different though. Good luck!
Jan 11, '01
It is easiest if you just get certified as a Nurse Aide- a lot of the programs certify you after the first year- or the first clinical. I did it before I went to school- took about 5 weeks of "classes". Working while in school was the BEST thing I ever did. I knew when I graduated exactly where I wanted to work, and I also knew certain places to avoid. Try to get on as float pool or in the ED.
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