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

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... Read More

  1. Visit  dirtyhippiegirl} profile page
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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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  3. Visit  sarolarn2b} profile page
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    Thank you for taking the time to post this, you already answered my thread before but it's still helpful.
  4. Visit  dah doh} profile page
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    Unit secretary...we've had a few of those get hired on as new grad nurses.
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  5. Visit  edimo} profile page
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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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  6. Visit  ThePrincessBride} profile page
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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?
  7. Visit  cjcsoon2brn} profile page
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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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  8. Visit  xxkmpxx} profile page
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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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  9. Visit  Miiki} profile page
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    Unit clerks - answer call bells (over the intercom), cover the phones, the printers, find employees, etc.

    Admissions(ER) - input patient info and try to get all the info necessary to bill the patient or insurance
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  10. Visit  Miiki} profile page
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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.
    I was a sitter for several months. We weren't allowed to do anything except watch the patient. We didn't even do CNA duties, and called the desk if the patient needed help. There have been cases in the past at my hospital were pts have hurt themselves (breaking plastic utensils to cut themselves under the sheets, grabbing needles off of a cart on the way to the bathroom and swallowing them) so the hospital really cracked down on the sitters. I just transferred to ER Tech because I want to be hands on.
  11. Visit  Glycerine82} profile page
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    Quote from Miiki✿
    Unit clerks - answer call bells (over the intercom), cover the phones, the printers, find employees, etc.

    Admissions(ER) - input patient info and try to get all the info necessary to bill the patient or insurance
    I do this as well, and I love it. I also put in doctors orders and translate doctor handwriting haha!

    "No day but today"
  12. Visit  Glycerine82} profile page
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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?
    Right on sister!! I could kiss you!

    "No day but today"
  13. Visit  RN_To_Be2014} profile page
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    Very helpful!
  14. Visit  gummi bear} profile page
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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?

    I just had to quote this post again because I 100% agree!!


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