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- by nhunter6 Nov 25, '11Hi all!
My name is Nigeria Hunter. I am currently a pre-nursing major and will be applying for the program next semester. Does anyone have any advice on how I could distinguish myself for the workforce once in the program (besides good grades). I am hoping to work in the mom/baby (is it called OB) side of things. Sorry, I'm not good with terminology yet.
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- Nov 25, '11 by MN-NurseGet experience in healthcare - preferably in the area you would like to work. You want to work in OB? That's great, but it is usually really tough to get a job in a hospital with no experience - let alone in OB.
So get a job as a CNA anywhere you can (nursing home) and start applying for any hospital job you can as soon as you get a couple months experience.
- Nov 25, '11 by nhunter6Can I get a CNA job while still in school? I'm looking for things to do WHILE in school. Internships, certifications, organizations... anything like that.
- Nov 25, '11 by Kooky KorkyYou should get into another line of work. There are very few jobs for nurses these days. I wish you all the best.
- Nov 25, '11 by dirtyhippiegirlYes, you basically need to get a CNA/nurse tech/extern job while you're in nursing school in order to get a decent nursing job once you graduate. A lot of schools will tell you not to work while you're in school. Don't believe them. You can and you should.
- Nov 25, '11 by sapphire18Yes, you can work as a CNA while still in school- in fact I would encourage any nursing student to work as an aide before becoming a nurse, the experience is invaluable. Another thing you could do is volunteer at a hospital; see if they have any OB positions if that's what you're interested in. Good luck
- Nov 26, '11 by AZ_RN2BYes you can and should work as a CNA while you are in school. That's what I am doing right now. I work as a nurse's aide in a large metro hospital level one trauma center plus I am just finishing the second semester of nursing school for RN. It really does help, especially with clinicals - familiarity with hospital and hospital work in particular. Myself I don't really have a choice anyway - I have bills and rent to pay so I have to work. I figure it might as well be in what I am studying for.
- Nov 26, '11 by tainted1972Definitley work as a CNA while you are in nursing school... 1. you will learn much much more. 2. when you graduate you can work for the same facility you are already working in. I have 3 children, work full time and go to school full time... YES you can work and go to school.
- Nov 26, '11 by AJPVI absolutely agree. Many of my classmates were counseled to not work during school and to just focus 100% on school. Many of those same students are now finding it near impossible to land an interview, let alone a job. A very high percentage of students who have been working as techs/CNAs already have jobs secured before graduation. With an overabundance of new grads, hospitals now have the luxury of demanding prior healthcare experience as a minimum requirement to even get an interview. If a student is within 1 year of graduating and still doesn't have a tech job, I would go so far as to counsel them to take a semester or two off of school just to focus on landing a tech job so they graduate with experience.
- Nov 26, '11 by nhunter6Okay, I've looked into the CNA field and found that most work in nursing homes. Are there any other workplaces for this. This may sound crazy, but I don't like old people.