where do I start? I am completing my first semester of nursing school in May and have three more to go(assuming I don't need to repeat anything). I am determined to get a PCT(patient care technician) certificate over the summer which will include phlebotomy and EKG. I know getting a nursing job is hard these days, but what about PCT's without experience? I plan on starting out at a city hospital, I am guessing I have a better chance there. My plan is I can work as a PCT while completing my nursing degree. I will be graduating with an associates which will be a challenge getting a job with that degree anyway so at least I would continue my PCT job until getting my BSN. Here is where it gets a little crazy, I reaaaallllyyyy want to volunteer as well. I want to constantly be exposed to patients and really be confident and build my self esteem as a new grad nurse(when I get to that point). So here is my question, I basically would accept a PCT job anywhere, but I was thinking of volunteering at my top choice hospital so that when that BSN is finally in my hands, I have the experience and would have networked. Honestly, I want the volunteer gig for the patient exposure, but having my foot in the door at my top choice hospital is an added bonus.
I know I just wrote a whole lot. Please give me your opinions
your comments will totally be appreciated. I would like nurses, volunteers and PCT's to reply and give their input. Am I crazy? How many hours is good enough for volunteer work? I need input and guidance.
Just in case anyone is wondering what my path is, I really love children and was thinking of possibly volunteering at St. Jude's. Not only will I be brightening their smiles however I can, but I will go home feeling happy. My other choice would be the VA hospital. My brothers are both veterans and it is more personal for me.
Thank you to all who has read this far and an even bigger thank you to those who will reply.