Job experience without clinicals??

  1. Hey everyone-
    I was just wondering if anyone has any ideas of how I could get an externship, work as a NA (without certification) or get any other nursing experience over the summer. I am a sophmore and clincials do not start untill the fall, so I am totally unexperienced. Anyone know of any options for a student like me?
    Thanks!
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   TeresaRN2b
    Hmm, just a thought maybe you could apply as a medical receptionist or a unit clerk or something like that. I doubt you will be able to work as a nursing assistant with no certification or experience, but I may be wrong on that. If you went to work at a doctors office they might let you get some training or at least watch in on some things. At the very least it would get you used to being around patients. You could look at the hospital for unit clerk position as well. I am not sure how difficult these jobs would be to get, but it's all I could think of at the moment.

    Teresa
  4. by   abby27
    The best thing you can do is get your CNA. You will get so much experience. It only takes a couple of months and it will look so good on your resumee.

    Abby27
  5. by   Tigger100S
    Thanks for the ideas guys. Unfortantley I can't get my CNA because I am away at college in the middle of nowhere, there are no community colleges up here or anything, and when I get home if I got it then, I would only have enough time to get the training, not to actually work! I'm still looking for any other ways to get trained though.
  6. by   Tigger100S
    Teresa-
    What exactly is a unit clerk? what kind of credentials do they need? I have seen listings for them under the help wanted in a couple hospitals at home.
  7. by   GPatty
    How about as a helping hand at a nursing home? They answer call lights and deliver water and help make beds and such....
  8. by   Vsummer1
    Originally posted by Tigger100S
    Thanks for the ideas guys. Unfortantley I can't get my CNA because I am away at college in the middle of nowhere, there are no community colleges up here or anything, and when I get home if I got it then, I would only have enough time to get the training, not to actually work! I'm still looking for any other ways to get trained though.
    Getting the training will be working! I wish I had done it, it would have made this semester so much easier.
  9. by   Love-A-Nurse
    are you finished with your first semester of clinical yet, is so, this allows one to work as a cna.
  10. by   cakarol
    You could also do some volunteer work at a hosptal or clinic. I am getting ready to do some volunteering at a Clinic in the area for low income families! They know that I am a nursing student so they also said they would try to let me experience as much as possible while there.

    I am sure anywhere you go would be more than happy to accept you as a volunteer...that way you would also get your foot in the door. PLUS - it always looks good to have volunteer work on you resume! Even if it is only one day a week for a few hours!!!!

    Good luck!
    -Claire
  11. by   Vsummer1
    originally posted by love-a-nurse
    are you finished with your first semester of clinical yet, is so, this allows one to work as a cna.
    i thought so too, but not where i am.
  12. by   meownsmile
    In my area most nursing students can work as care tech's on hospital floors after they reach the time they start clinicals. Usually Soph/Junior year they work as Tech I,, and junior/seniors can work as Tech II after they have had some clinical experience. They arent considered NA's, but work with the NA's and are able to go with the RN's to do more complex care. Is this an option?
  13. by   Tigger100S
    Thanks everyone for your responces! I have tried many local hospitals but no one can offer me an aid/tech position untill I have completed a semester of clinicals, which will not be untill next Spring. I have also been looking for volunteering oppertunities, and would you beileve it, all the hosptials have waiting lists for volunteering! They explained that the high schools have adapted a new graduation requirement of so many hours of documented volunteer work. The only volunteering they offered me was behind the register in the hospital's pharmacy...no thanks. I'm still looking, hopefully something will come up!
  14. by   Wolfbeareagle
    Hi, I am not sure about where you are, but I can tell you about UC position in TN. Here you have to be able to type 45wpm, the experience in learning to read and input the Dr.'s orders in the computer system is an awesome plus for starting out in nursing. You gain a lot of experience as you are the person in the middle. lol There is always someone needing you to do something or another. It is a fun job to do, it is also hard. lol But once you get used to it, I think you would enjoy it. I had one yr of that experience before I moved to Health Tech (NA's assistant). I have learned how to do the carepath's on the patients and most of the paperwork associated with their stay. It is really a good opportunity and will give you more confidence. Especially when someone can't read the Dr's chicken-scratch, and you CAN. Hope this helps some.
    Wolf

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