I work at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Charles. Since I am in my first semester of nursing school
I was hired on as an Advanced Nurse Assistant. Basically I am a nurse tech. I take vitals, and do basic patient care such as baths, helping with toileting, etc. If they know that you have already been accepted into a nursing program they are much more willing to work with you regarding your schedule, etc. After my first semester of clinicals I will get a pay increase. They also offer tuition reimbursement, which will be very helpful.
This job has certainly given me alot of exposure to dealing with patients, and building up confidence. A vast majority of the RN's that I am working with have graduated from the program that I am in currently and it has been very helpful being able to talk to them and get advice. I work nights to accomodate my husband's schedule, and my classes. On a good night I generally have the opportunity to study for my nursing classes, which is really helpful, also!
I had to do a nursing orientation class, over two different days. I also had to have CPR training, and will attend a hospital orientation class in September. The majority of my training came while working. I was paired with another tech for a minimum of six twelve hour shifts. I trained on both day and night shifts even though I mainly work night shifts right now.
I have heard that having medical experience other than your school clinicals will play into the kind of hourly wage I will be offered when I graduate.