I have 3 weeks of school to finish my first year of nursing. I will be taking state boards for LPN in about 8 weeks. I have been working night weekends, fri, sat, sun for over a year as a nursing asst./nurse tech/cna, whatever you want to call it, they are all the same thing. I can tell you that the experience that I have had with this hospital, by the way it is in the med surg department, will help me get more pay because of the experience, will help me get a job before another new nurse with no experience and I have learned so much. It is a great asset to be where I am while in nursing school
. I work weekends and go to school during the week. Yes it has been tough balancing both but I had to work because I had to have the health insurance. I have been assigned to ICU when they were short of nurses because they couldn't get one to come in so they sent me because they knew that I would know what to do to help the nurses because of my experience as a tech and being in nursing school. I have seen more codes, more critical things happen, I've seen so much that as a new nurse, I would have probably freaked out, so yeah, I would say go for it. Plus, you are going to have days where you might not have a nurse tech or a cna as a nurse and you are going to have to do those duties. You would not believe how many nurses I work with that have been nurses for about five years now and have no clue how to turn and reposition a patient, don't know how to change an adult diaper, don't even know how to change linen on a bed. So yeah, I would say do it. If they won't work with your nursing school schedule then don't, but my hospital works with me. They have let me come in late, be off and they even let me miss mandatory meetings. They let me do things like assist in inserting foleys, change bandages, ect. They did not let me do those things until after I finished my second med surg class and saw me there doing clinicals but there is so much to see working as a nurse tech. Plus, I am able to watch them chart nurses notes, and learn a few tricks of the trade that you don't see in clinical. You'll know what I mean when you finish school. I say go for it. You can't go wrong. Plus, I see and learn how nurses communicate with doctors with sick patients. Some things stick better when you actually see what you are studying in class. I work with some of the best nurses that are great in helping me study when we are not busy, ect. It has really benefited me and I'm sure you are going to hear from more of us like me.