Non-CNA Jobs You Can Work While You're a Student - page 2

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You are studying to become a nurse and would like to be working for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you would prefer to graduate from nursing school completely free of debt, or at the very least, you wish to minimize any student... Read More


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    Quote from tigerlogic
    My hospital has strong opinions about 'sitters' studying, though it's sometimes possible. A sitter provides constant observation for a pt who is at risk for suicide, pulling lines/tubes, flight risk, fall risk. My hospital has the CNAs do it even though security would be better suited often, in my opinion.
    My friends who are sitters are on the night shift. Sometimes their patients actually do sleep and they have quite a bit of down time.

    But I do understand discouraging it. Better to just draw that line clearly than leave it up to the sitter's discretion and have something bad happen, perhaps.
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    Don't they also have patient care technicians, and in home care givers
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    Just wanted to add a lot of hospitals have non certified aide positions. Pay is a little less, but they teach you what you need to know.

    "No day but today"
    bigsick_littlesick likes this.
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    Meh. Either get a CNA or PCA job. Nothing else counts when it comes to getting your first nursing job.
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    Thank you for taking the time to post this, you already answered my thread before but it's still helpful.
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    Unit secretary...we've had a few of those get hired on as new grad nurses.
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    Quote from dah doh
    Unit secretary...we've had a few of those get hired on as new grad nurses.
    I was a unit secretary for 8 years before transitioning into the RN role and it helped me immensely. I became very comfortable with my surroundings and knew a lot of the members of the allied health team that my anxiety wasn't as bad as compared to people just starting out.
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    I worked as a sitter for over a year, and no, you weren't allowed to do anything (read, do homework) unless it was a night shift (at one point, you couldn't even do that). I currently work as a PCA (Patient Care Associate). I don't have a license. My clinicals in nursing school are "substitutes."

    I strongly suggest all students to work as CNAs, earn their stripes, and get down the basics of nursing care. I also find that working as a CNA is a humbling experience that many nurses could use (unfortunately, some nurses forget that CNAs are aides, not slaves). If you aren't willing to work as a CNA (assuming your situation allows it), then I have to wonder...why are you going into nursing to begin with?
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    As other users have mentioned you can also work as a patient sitter, monitor tech, unit secretary and phlebotomist among other positions while in school. Some positions offer on the job training and others may require a certificate from your local community college or a local adult learning program. Having worked as both a CNA and a Phlebotomist while in nursing school I can say that the experience was invaluable.

    !Chris
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    Quote from ThePrincessBride
    I worked as a sitter for over a year, and no, you weren't allowed to do anything (read, do homework) unless it was a night shift (at one point, you couldn't even do that). I currently work as a PCA (Patient Care Associate). I don't have a license. My clinicals in nursing school are "substitutes."

    I strongly suggest all students to work as CNAs, earn their stripes, and get down the basics of nursing care. I also find that working as a CNA is a humbling experience that many nurses could use (unfortunately, some nurses forget that CNAs are aides, not slaves). If you aren't willing to work as a CNA (assuming your situation allows it), then I have to wonder...why are you going into nursing to begin with?
    Totally agree. There is a girl in my nursing class who mentioned what a gross and horrible job a Cna job is, and that she could never do it. When others told her she would still experience the same things, she said at least she would be paid more. That really bothered me!
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