Quote from feralnostalgia
I heard people in my class talking about patient care tech - what does that involve? here in arkansas I think you have to have one semester of nursing school done before you can apply. I'll be done with the summer semester in another 4 weeks or so, and I think they'll count that. I don't have any prior experience in any kind of patient care or medicine, though.
PTC is sort of like a CNA. Depending on where you work, you can do basic nursing skills like take vitals, change linens, empty drains, D/C IVs, dress patients, help patients with non invasive things, and usually some of the non-glamourous things, but experience is experience.
Here in FL, or at least in my area places want you to be in, or have completed your second semester. If you are not sure, call the facility and ask, tell them you are nursing student and where you are in school, and that you are interested in working to get experience.
I didn't have any exposure other than being a patient before nursing school and the place I applied to doesn't hire anyone but nurses, I am their only nursing tech, so it pays to just stop in and ask what you can do.
Try hospitals, Dr. Offices, health departments, nursing homes, anywhere you can get experience working with patients. One girl in my class is working at a Center for recovering addicts and alcoholics as a counsilor because she is interested in Psyche nursing.