PCA and Nursing school?

  1. I will be starting nursing school sometime soon, already have most pre-reqs out of the way. I was wandering if any of you are/were a PCA while in nursing school. Did it help at all? Was there enough time to study? What was the job like? I'm planning on applying for a PCA postion when it is closer to nursing school time. Thanks a lot!
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Havin' A Party!
    Think it's great experience.

    Check out other threads on this same issue for more detailed responses.

    Good luck!
  4. by   Jennerizer
    Yes, I think it is very helpful. I started about 6 weeks ago & it not only gives you the confidence to be around patients with taking their vitals & meeting their needs, but it allows you to understand the nursing process. I wish I had done this 6 months ago. I work the evening shift (7pm to 7am), so I do get a few hours of down time to study while the patients are sleeping. I'm sure the day shift is busier though.

    Most hospitals that I know of are very flexible with a student's schedule. Plus it gets your foot in the door if you want to continue working there as a nurse, not to mention that it looks good on your resume if you choose to work elsewhere.
  5. by   wonderbee
    There are part-time and per diem positions. A per diem position allows you to work when you want to work. Part-time do not offer this kind of flexibility. I have a per diem position and I love the flexibility. My foot is now well in the door of the hospital where I work. I've been told that there will be an LPN position available for me when I complete my second semester if I decide to take the LPN boards.

    I highly recommend it. Working one day a week allows me to supplement my student loans and grants and gives me a sense of real-world nursing, not to mention the fact that the nurses will mentor you.
  6. by   THEsunnygurl84
    Thanks so much for the info! The non-nursing job where I am now will be going under this time next year. That should be my first semester in nursing school, so I wanted to get a job at the hospital. I just get nervous when I think about working in a hospital even though, I've ALWAYS wanted to work there
  7. by   Renee' Y-Y
    I think the best thing a nursing student can do for themselves is to get into an extern or PCA position. You can definitely tell the difference in those graduates when they start their new job.
  8. by   Ortho_RN
    Quote from Renee' Y-Y
    I think the best thing a nursing student can do for themselves is to get into an extern or PCA position. You can definitely tell the difference in those graduates when they start their new job.
    DITTO... I agree 100%...

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