Quote from hypnotic_nurse
I beg to differ on the two examples I gave.
Research study monitors do not need to have had direct patient care. Not all of them are nurses; one lady I know has a BA in Music; another gentleman has a BA in psychology; a third was previously a lab tech who worked with AIDS viruses. None of these three have ever done anything in the way of patient care. The companies however tend to like nurses as opposed to other degrees because they have the medical terminology across a wide range of areas, they can spot AEs, they know their drugs so they know if a drug was being taken for an event that was not the event being studied. I think about half of the monitors I've worked with are nurses.
Pharmaceutical salespeople (and other medical salespeople, such as EKG equipment) are also not all nurses although they do all have some degree, preferably a four-year science oriented degree...but even that is not set in stone. The important thing is being able to SELL. But again, nurses do seem to be on the preferred list of job candidates.
Job postings always target the "perfect" candidate. That doesn't mean someone who doesn't fit perfectly won't be hired (or won't do a good job).
I was not talking about other medical personnel I was talking about nurses needing some bedside experience before being hired almost anyplace. Most of the job ads I have read with pharmaceutical companies, acute and long term care facilities, the United States Government, public health, managed care, hmos, you name it, want nurses with at least one year of clinical experience in the hospital. Even travel nurse agencies and regular nursing agencies WANT at least 1 year of recent clinical experience before even considering hiring a nurse. You cannot escape bedside nursing even in nursing school if you want to be a nurse. Nurses who no longer do bedside nursing have paid their dues and have gone to other types of nursing.