What are you getting paid as a nurse student? - page 2

Hello everyone, I am hoping to hear from all of you who in the past has worked as or is currently working as a nursing student. What do you get paid and what are your job responsibilities? I would like to start working as a... Read More

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    Quote from Fireman767
    You rarely find a nursing student who is working as a nursing position (PCT, Nurse assistant, etc). Generally, you have to wait till your second clinical is completed and have good grades. places near me hire people who have completed half their clinical rotations, and have top grades (one place requires a 3.4 minimum, other has no requirement). Plus you wont find a nursing job right when you start NS, and to be frank you shouldn't take a job in nursing if you don't have experience. With no medical background (real medical background of client contact and patient care) you may put a patient at risk for injury (if you do injure a patient you can be sued for assault, battery, or negligence!). And if you get charged with those, you can kiss your chance to get your RN license good-bye. As for the ICU, you probably won't find a position in one as a nursing student without being an EMT, ER technician, CNA or LPN, those units require someone with a background in emergency situations. Not to mention any time you spend in the ICU wouldnt be until your 3rd or 4th clinical, so that would have to wait. Most places ive worked at or looked at require a nursing student to know how to perform EKGs, identify arrhythmias, and preform phlebotomy, things you wont learn till the end of your Nursing Program (usually). Im sorry that you have bills and kids, but nursing school isnt a paying venture, it costs a lot, its competitive (very!), and many students spend about 90% of their spare time studying.
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    I'm sorry, but this post made me chuckled, considering that about half of PCAs at my hospital ARE nursing students, and I know plenty who have gotten good PCA jobs with very mediocre grades, and there are plenty working in the ER or ICU without any license.

    And if you aren't learning EKGs and performing phlebotomy until the end of your nursing program, I'd suggest you find another nursing school because most of that is covered in your third or second semester.

    And please, stop spreading false horror stories. It is a lot harder to lose one's RN license. You would have to do something serious or unethical to have your license revoked.
    RunnerRN2b2014 and psu_213 like this.

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    Quote from ThePrincessBride

    I'm sorry, but this post made me chuckled, considering that about half of PCAs at my hospital ARE nursing students, and I know plenty who have gotten good PCA jobs with very mediocre grades, and there are plenty working in the ER or ICU without any license.

    And if you aren't learning EKGs and performing phlebotomy until the end of your nursing program, I'd suggest you find another nursing school because most of that is covered in your third or second semester.

    And please, stop spreading false horror stories. It is a lot harder to lose one's RN license. You would have to do something serious or unethical to have your license revoked.
    Things differ in different areas. The poster was probably just sharing his experience.
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    Quote from itsnowornever
    There are jobs for nursing students, I think that's what she's talking about,
    I'm still not sure...when I first read it I was thinking (hoping) the OP was talking about a job you have while you are in school. Then I got to the end of the post and read it again, and I am thinking he/she meant getting paid for school 'duties.'
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    Quote from RunnerRN2b2014
    My hospital hires NAs and NA/HCT (Nursing Assistant/Healthcare Tech (Unit Secretary)). Some are nursing students, most aren't. You can qualify by either being on the state registry or being a current nursing student. The hiring process is very competitive! There aren't jobs specifically for nursing students. Where I am, NAs start around $10 and NA/HCTs are closer to $12.
    As I understand it, this is basically how it works at my hospital. (Just substitute PCT for NA)
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    Quote from Fireman767
    and to be frank you shouldn't take a job in nursing if you don't have experience. With no medical background (real medical background of client contact and patient care) you may put a patient at risk for injury (if you do injure a patient you can be sued for assault, battery, or negligence!).
    In my experience, the vast majority of people who get PCT or NA jobs have little to no patient care experience when they start in said positions. It is a bit dramatic (and irresponsible) to say you will sued for negligence if a pt is injured.
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    I am a nursing student and a mother of four. I work PRN as a NT(Nursing Tech). That way you can add as many schedules as you can handle. Just remember that the main objective is to pass nursing school so don't out schedule yourself. I only work "full time" during breaks and summer.
    Good luck either way but if it is to be it will be just fine.
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    Quote from psu_213

    As I understand it, this is basically how it works at my hospital. (Just substitute PCT for NA)
    For me, as well. Most PCAs/CNAs I've met at the hospital have been doing it for years. Few are nursing students. The vast majority of my class have tried to get positions to get a foot in the door and only a few have gotten calls, much less job offers. It's tough out there!

    There is one hospital that I know of that has a student extern program. I don't know how many hundreds of students applied for it this year, but only one person I know was contacted about it. It sounds great though. She can perform all the skills she's passed during clinical.


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