Getting jobs as a student nurse?

  1. As a student nurse can you at any point in your education work in the field? I.e. if you have had several courses and already know how to draw blood, could you actually work as a phlebotomist (sorry if it is spelled wrong!)?

    Is there an exam you take to become certified? I'm just wondering what types of things I can do along the way to get in the field. Right now I work in Personnel/HR so there is really no correltation. But it would be cool if later on down the road I could use some of my education and clinical skills to work in the field. Granted I would probably make less money but it will be cool to be in the field.

    Just curious!

    Thanks!
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  3. by   JoniL&DRN
    Quote from cherokeesummer
    As a student nurse can you at any point in your education work in the field? I.e. if you have had several courses and already know how to draw blood, could you actually work as a phlebotomist (sorry if it is spelled wrong!)?

    Is there an exam you take to become certified? I'm just wondering what types of things I can do along the way to get in the field. Right now I work in Personnel/HR so there is really no correltation. But it would be cool if later on down the road I could use some of my education and clinical skills to work in the field. Granted I would probably make less money but it will be cool to be in the field.

    Just curious!

    Thanks!
    I don't know about other states but here in Cali you can work as a student nurse (under an RN) for about $10 an hour as long as you are enrolled in nursing school. Once you are in your third semester you can make $14 an hour again assisting an RN. Our local hospital have these job postings under Nursing Support Staff. They are usually flexible hours which you can work around school. Hope this helps...
  4. by   Energizer Bunny
    At our local hospital, after your first semester, you can apply to be a tech. (basically a CNA) I am unsure if you have to be certified but I think a passing grade basically tells the story. Also, after the first year, you can test to be an LPN.
  5. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from CNM2B
    At our local hospital, after your first semester, you can apply to be a tech. (basically a CNA) I am unsure if you have to be certified but I think a passing grade basically tells the story. Also, after the first year, you can test to be an LPN.
    That's the same thing in NH also. Many nursing students work as CNA's during the summer at the hospitals they did their clinicals at during the first year.
  6. by   klone
    Our local hospital has an extern program, and anyone who has finished 2 semesters can apply. I believe the pay is around $10-12/hour. I will be doing that next year.
  7. by   Saved_by_Grace
    I called the hospitals here and they don't allow you to work as a tech or an aide unless you have been through a certification process first. And my cc doesn't offer that during our nursing program so the hr director said I would not be eligible for employment as a tech or an aide. It sounds like it is just my state as others are saying it's possible in their areas. Figures......just my luck.
  8. by   fnimat1
    I have been thinking the same thing....I did look at the job postings at the area hospitals and they will hire someone as a CNA if they take a certified course, or have completed at least one semester of clinicals in their nursing program. After I complete the Fall semester I plan on applying for a CNA position somewhere....lol


    Fatima
  9. by   purplemania
    Our facility hires students as externs once they complete the first year of nursing school. The work is the same as what an aide does, as the externs are unlicensed at this point. Even if your area hospitals do not have extern positions, or techs, you would still learn MOUNTAINS of stuff by working as a unit clerk or nurse aide. I would go to the Human Resources dept. of area facilities and see what it is you are qualified to do. There are several entry-level jobs.

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