I too was taking pre-reqs @ OCC last year and now I live in Arizona. The wait for nursing school
out here is less than in Cali but here I am finally done with all my pre-reqs and WAITING...
Anyways, I got my foot in the door at age 18 starting out in admitting/registration at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach. Basically you can apply to any hospital, and you don't need any experience. I worked there gaining customer service skills and general medical terminology
for a year and a half. I always had an interest in working in the ER so I transferred to admitting in the ER at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. After working there for 6 months (the minimum req'd to transfer to another position) I moved up to a position of an ER Tech. I've been working as a tech for a year and a half now and love it! You gain so much clinical skills pretty much doing everything nurses do except start IV's and give meds. After talking with several RN's, PA's, and MD's, they've all said I'll be ahead of the game when the time comes to start the nursing program. I highly recommend anyone interested in going in the program to at least get some hands on experience ahead of time. You'll get a good idea if nursing is what you really want to do, as well as learning skills that will help you through the program.
Hope this helps!!