Nursing student question...confused.

  1. I have already been accepted to a nursing school but there is a one year waiting list. I am done with all of my pre-requisites and I was wondering if I should take a technical course in hemodialysis. It wouldn't go towards my RN, but I was wondering if it could be a job I could do at a hospital while I am waiting to start nursing school.... any suggestions would be great I am so confused. Thanks!
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   jubilant1968
    Hi VieraGrl1030,
    I am a new grad in the Boston area. I did a job that was unrelated to nursing throughout my college program. What I found was that upon finishing and during my job search, my fellow students that were working in hospitals doing something medical had a much easier time getting a position. Here in Boston it is very competetive for new grads...not many job opportunities. You can also put that hemodialysis on your resume, take and ACLS class once you start working somewhere and be closer to specializing when you finish nursing. There are many great opportunities in hematology/onclology and hemodialysis will help you in this direction should you be interested. Just a thought.
    Susan
  4. by   Pumpkin1621
    You didn't say if you were getting your BSN or ADN. I am getting my ADN and I have alittle extra time, so I am taking the prereqs that are required for the local RN to BSN program that aren't required for the ADN. Other things I may take are Medical Terminology, Medical Ethics, Intro to Pharmacology, and there are a few others. I thought about getting a job as a CNA, but I would rather take extra classes and spend more time relaxing with my family before starting busy nursing clinicals. Unlike the PP there are a lot of ursing positions here and previous medical experience doesn't really add weight to your resume.

    Good luck.
  5. by   justme1972
    If this is an Associate degree program, I would HIGHLY recommend that you find the school that you would like to get your BSN from and start working on your gen-ed classes during that year...work from the most difficult classes down.
  6. by   Snugglibumkins
    I agree with working towards your BSN.

    However, if you are planning to work while in nursing school (or even up until getting into nursing school) than sure, why not work doing something in the field. It sure beats flipping burgers or walking dogs :spin:. And you can use the interpersonal skills you will learn at your new job to further your confidence for clinicals for school. And you can put it on your resume.

    Have fun.

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