I'm starting nursing school in the fall and I have never worked in a hospital before. I've looked into some part-time positions to get a feel for it but someone suggested volunteer programs which would offer more flexibility..... I'm still working full time in my current position (Building Material Sales - which sucks) so that I can try to save up as much money as possible before I start classes. Luckily for me - I live within walking distance to a hospital so volunteering on the weekends or nights would be feasible. Just curious as to any of you guys having done this before or not? I don't think it would be a waste of time either way but I don't want to be working in the gift shop!!!!
Mar 23, '07
I am also working full time. I do volunteer. I work the info desk and once a month I volunteer in the pharmacy. Most allow you to set your hours.
Mar 24, '07
I'm currently finishing my prereqs for school and I volunteer on weekends in the local ER. It's not the same as being a CNA, but its something. Plus, it looks good on a resume.
Mar 25, '07
I don't volunteer in the hospital anymore, however, I did a few years ago. If at all possible, try to volunteer in the ER. I volunteered at a small hospital, and I was only able to volunteer at the front desk. Every other volunteer was female and over 60. I had a great time with those ladies, but the job was mind-numbing boring and it didn't give me any insight into the hospital.
Mar 25, '07
After you get your first semester down (some hospitals you have to have two semesters done) Check with nurse recruitment about doing a Nurse Extern or Nurse Intern position. It will allow you to get great exposure to the hospital environment before graduation.