Non-CNA Jobs You Can Work While You're a Student - page 3

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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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    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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    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.
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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"
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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"
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    Very helpful!
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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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    @edimo or @ original poster how do you go about finding these positions in your state?I am interested in the transporter and unit secretary while I am in school. Do I need to call you the original poster to get started with either one of these position?
    Last edit by jonesel9 on Feb 5, '13
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    Quote from jonesel9
    @edimo or @ original poster how do you go about finding these positions in your state?I am interested in the transporter and unit secretary while I am in school. Do I need to call you the original poster to get started with either one of these position?
    You would contact the Human resource department of local hospitals (website, by phone, or in person). They will be able to tell you what positions are open and how to apply for them.

    The OP is not personally advertising open positions but giving advise.
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    I just graduated college in August and have an associates degree in applied science as a medical assistant and am a AAMA certified medical assistant. To make do, I work at a hospital as a nurse's aide and am thinking about going back to school in the fall for nursing, I absolutely love the field of work I chose!
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    I know this is going to sound unbelievable but the postings in my part of the world for even these kinds of jobs all now state some variant of "exerience required" as a prerequisite. Don't know how strictly that is enforced but true entry-level jobs apparently don't exist anymore.


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