I'm currently a student at STLCC Meramec. I took some nursing courses at SEMO but was a little leery of their program. I could have stayed there, as changing my major kept me there 3 1/2 yrs and very close to a bachelor's in general studies, but I know I want to be a nurse. So I decided to go to a different nursing school. I'm currently on the waiting list and as of right now will begin my nursing courses Fall 09 with all my prereqs out of the way. (Yay!) I moved to STL and I live on my own and pay all my own bills. It's tough to do to say the least. I know someone who knows someone who can help me get a PCT job at Barnes.
I think that would be great! Not only will it be good to know that I can handle working in the hospital setting, but I also think that experience will make nursing classes easier. Not to mention working at Barnes may get me a foot in the door post-grad and help pay for some school/loans. I work at Red Lobster right now and serving is a quick and easy way to make money with flexible scheduling. My worry is that I may not make as much money and make life that much more difficult.
Can anyone tell me how scheduling would work as a PTC? Same schedule every week? Does it change every week? Are they flexible when you need time off for certain things? When I get into nursing classes will it be more difficult to make time for work? Should I keep weekends at Red Lobster?
I feel like I am missing out on getting experience because of financial pressures and I am not sure what the best thing to do is. Any info and advice would be greatly appreciated.