Working in a hospital-No experience?

  1. So, I have a job currently that I hate. Been there for four years and frankly I'm over it. I start nursing school in August and was hoping that I wouldn't have to work, but it's looking like that won't be an option. I would like to get a job working at one of the local hospitals, but I have NO experience in health care. I check their job boards periodically, but there just isn't anything for someone with no experience. When I finish my first semester, I will be qualified to work as a nurse tech (or so I've been told). Until then, I just don't know what to do.
    Have any of you found work in healthcare with no experience or am I just fighting a losing battle?

    Thanks all.
    Todd
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   altomga
    Sorry can't really help you out (I do know that transporters at my facility do not require health care experience, but that's not what you are looking for? Although you would still see some stuff........ask someone at the hospital if u know someone...maybe they can help. I'm sure someone on this forum will have an idea too
    Good luck!
  4. by   Browneyedgirl
    YOU could check into working in the admissions department at the hospital. ??
  5. by   MandyInMS
    Working as a CNA would be great experience for nursing..hands on care and experience..most facilities are ALWAYS looking for caring ,hard working cna's..and the hospital is a great setting to learn the in's and out's of how nurses operate and all that their jobs entail.....best of luck (((hugzzz)))
  6. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by Browneyedgirl
    YOU could check into working in the admissions department at the hospital. ??
    I actually applied for a job in admissions a couple of weeks ago. Still haven't heard anything. I'm thinking I might just call their HR department and see if they have anything.
  7. by   rnhopeful
    hey twarlik! i'm in the same position. i applied for five different positions at three different hospitals, and no one has responded. they were all temporary clerical positions, so i assumed it would be a breeze to work since i have a lot of experience. these hospitals are showing me otherwise. my friend told me that it is hard to get a job at hospitals (they take a very long time to reply). i guess so! by the way, what govt. job do you have? it can't be that bad, can it?
  8. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by rnhopeful
    by the way, what govt. job do you have? it can't be that bad, can it?
    I work for the Florida Arts Council. No, I suppose it's not too bad...I'm just tired of it.
    Good luck with your job search as well.

    Todd
  9. by   AmyLiz
    I feel for you. When I was out of work last year, I applied for every job I could at local hospitals & none of them came through - no healthcare experience. Bah. Ticked me off. (I'm not working in healthcare now, since I couldn't get on anywhere).

    A friend of mine got a job through a temp service with no experience while he was going through MA school - you may want to try calling around to different temp agencies. The job may not be in pt care, but getting your foot in at a hospital somewhere else wouldn't hurt. (Plus you could stumble upon some financial aid while you're at it)

    Good luck!
  10. by   essarge
    Since you are entering school for nursing soon. By-pass the HR department and speak to the nurse recruiter. They usually have some pull to get nursing students into a position relative to healthcare while they are in school. They can also explain tuition reimbursement etc. Good luck!!
  11. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by essarge
    Since you are entering school for nursing soon. By-pass the HR department and speak to the nurse recruiter. They usually have some pull to get nursing students into a position relative to healthcare while they are in school. They can also explain tuition reimbursement etc. Good luck!!
    Great idea! I'll look into contacting the nurse recruiters at our two local hospitals. Hopefully something turns up...
  12. by   cna on her way
    Check into Ward secretary or unit secretary. Its a great way to gain some medical terminoligy experience and see what its like on the floor. I know that in our hospital you don't need any experience. They train you to do your job.
  13. by   northwest20
    You can become an EMT (ususally through a college course- one quarter long) and then work in the emergency department as an ERT (emergency room technician). you would gain lots of good experience doing this. ERTS do lots of desk work, orders, answering the phone, but also get asked to do lots of basic patient care- taking vitals, history, basic patient info, and basic procedures like irrigation, splinting, assisting the nurse, etc. i am an EMT but havent gotten a job (because of school) in the ER. but i volunteer in there once a week (for one year now) and wouldnt be able to volunteer in there unless I was already an EMT. and compared to nursing studies, the EMT class is a piece of cake and really helps set a basic foundation for the things you will be learning in nursing school.

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