In hospitals in this area, if you have finished your first round of clinicals, you can work as an aid. If you want a tech position, it takes more training within the hospital. If you want to be a nurse extern, you have to be at least 1/2 way through your junior year with proof (checkoff list from school signed) that you have done certain objectives such as d/c IV, cath, etc.
I was trained as a ER tech/nurse extern so I am able to do more than most aids on the floor. I will tell you, however, that there are a lot of aids that have a tizzy fit when you do things that they are not allowed to do. Most have been NAs for a long time and think that they know much, much, more than you do, so be careful how you handle that situation.
I found the best way to get hired was:
1. Talk to the nurse recruiter (don't sign anything unless you are sure and read ALL of the print on the contract).
2. Discuss what you want with the nurse manager of the area that you want to work in.
3. Fill out application and get a copy. Take this copy to any area that you want to work in to the nurse manager (human resources will put it in a pool of applicants if you don't).
4. If you are sure that this is the hospital/facility that you want to work in, talk to them about an externship that will help pay for school. I have been given (so far) $10,000 in scholarship money from the hospital that I work at. It has helped immensely!