Many people start out working as a nurse's aid (CNA), although it doesn't pay fantastic, and is HARD work. It is good experience, though. In my area CNAs make about $14/hr in the hospital. Less in the SNFs I believe. The pay absolutely depends on where you work,and in what part of the country. Some places will pay more in the city, or substantially less in areas with a lower cost of living. You could also apply for a unit secretary position for about the same pay (at least where I live). It depends on whether the need is high- they may want someone experienced. Being a CNA is such a hard job, so turnover can be high, and often they will train people with no experience. My first paid job in healthcare was after I graduated from nursing school...an RN on med/surg. I worked in non-healthcare jobs until then. Many of my classmates in nursing school worked as CNAs in local hospitals during the program. Some others worked in coffee shops, retail, etc. Whatever works for you. Good luck!
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I will be starting my clinicals in January. I want to get out of my office job and into a hospital now. Is there anything I can do? Everything I have seen says after my first semester or experience and certification required. Where is a good place to start? I am willing to take a pay cut to move into the medical field, but it can't be like $8 hour or anything. Does anyone have any advice? Where did you start out??