What to do for a whole year?

  1. Im applying for an NROTC scholarship and i wont find out if i get it until next year. Unluckily for me, Im ALREADY a highschool graduate so that means I'll have to wait a whole year not going to school...

    Whats a good way to spend the year?

    Volunteer work maybe for a medical facility maybe?

    or a whole lot of reading and preparation? What books/references would you reccomend if this sounds like a good idea?


    thank you! :chuckle
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   IamRN
    Work as a CNA?
  4. by   UK2USA
    Is it important for you to study or work? If you have a year to kill why not travel for a while? I did it whilst waiting to get into nursing school and would thoroughly recommend it.
  5. by   tibal
    id rather prepare as much as i can for nursing. So studying or work experience related to nursing would be more practical.

    Im just wondering whats better...

    and if reading is better, what is good reading material?


    btw.. whats a CNA?
  6. by   IamRN
    Quote from tibal
    id rather prepare as much as i can for nursing. So studying or work experience related to nursing would be more practical.

    btw.. whats a CNA?
    Certified Nurse Assistant/Aid. This would get you to the patients bedside.
  7. by   tibal
    how does one become a CNA?
  8. by   Kimburly
    How to become a CNA depends on the state you live in. Some states require an actual certification test, others will allow facility training. Check with your local healthcare facilities.
    I was a home health aide during nursing school (basically a CNA that does home care) and it definately can get your "feet wet" in the medical field and help you become more comfortable with the basics of patient care, like that dreaded first bed bath.
    I was also an EMT before going into nursing and that exposure to medicine is what drove me to become a nurse. It also helped make alot of those strange medical terms more familiar to me.
    I think you are smart for looking for something to do to help you prepare! Good luck!
  9. by   MelissaRN
    I would definately listen to the other posters and try to get a job as a CNA someplace. You will definately learn alot. If I had it to do over again I would have done more CNA stuff before graduation. JMHO
  10. by   tibal
    ok. Thank you very very much.

    Also, is Volunteering at a local hospital a good idea?
  11. by   MelissaRN
    I don't know if you would get much out of volunteering, I mean you wouldn't have any direct patient care so if you were going there to get some experience that probably wouldn't be the way to go. Now if you were looking to just find a way to fill time, hospitals would be more than happy to take you on as a volunteer.
  12. by   TexasPoodleMix
    I would like to do the CNA thing part time but I am confused on how to get started ....... I'm in TX !
  13. by   tibal
    I applied today to become an OR Main Sterile Area Aid

    I hope I get the job! :-D

    Thank you everyone for your help
  14. by   nightingale
    Quote from tibal
    I applied today to become an OR Main Sterile Area Aid

    I hope I get the job! :-D

    Thank you everyone for your help

    That is great tibal! I hope you get it (if you feel good about it) and that it will provide you with the experience you would benefit from!

    Congrats!

    Could you explain, to me, what that job title entails?

    Thanks !

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