How can I start gaining experience?

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    I'm a freshman in college therefore, I'm only taking my pre reqs right now but I want to get a feel of working in a medical atmosphere rather than retail or a restaurant. How can I get a hold of that opportunity without any medical experience at all?
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    CNA or equivalent (patient care tech) at a hospital or nursing home or unit secretary at a hospital (not hands on but you get to see what the nurses do).
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    Quote from Don1984
    CNA or equivalent (patient care tech) at a hospital or nursing home or unit secretary at a hospital (not hands on but you get to see what the nurses do).
    So I would have to minor in that while I'm majoring in Nursing? Because I'm currently a student studying for RN.. A lot of places hire for receptionist & appointment setting but require knowledge of medical terminology or experience prior to.
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    You could actually look online in your area to find vocational schools and take the CNA classes...you asked for advice and I think Don is giving you the best advice...You don't have to minor in Cna classes if they dont offer them in your school...they have vocational schools you could probably take if it fits in your schedule...Best of Luck
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    Quote from Kimbsntobe
    You could actually look online in your area to find vocational schools and take the CNA classes...you asked for advice and I think Don is giving you the best advice...You don't have to minor in Cna classes if they dont offer them in your school...they have vocational schools you could probably take if it fits in your schedule...Best of Luck
    Thanks so much!
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    If you want hands on patient care, the only option for you is as a cna or pct at a hospital or nursing home. Once you have taken your first nursing course (with clinicals) some hospitals have part-time jobs that for nursing students (student nurse associates, patient interns, student externships).
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    Quote from Don1984
    If you want hands on patient care, the only option for you is as a cna or pct at a hospital or nursing home. Once you have taken your first nursing course (with clinicals) some hospitals have part-time jobs that for nursing students (student nurse associates, patient interns, student externships).
    It's not that I want hands on patient care more of just wanting to start working in a medical atmosphere like office work, not a medical assistant or anything that requires a certificate just basic office work rather than working at the mall or at a restaurant until I get my ASN.
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    You could also shadow a nurse or volunteer at a local hospital to see what goes on inside!
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    Being a cna really helps with experience and will make you a better nurse when you finally get there. Most non-profit nursing homes will pay back your cna tuition because in some states it is the law.
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    Quote from jbumgardner4
    You could also shadow a nurse or volunteer at a local hospital to see what goes on inside!
    This sounds a little bit more reasonable seeing that I'm going to school full time & trying to work part time.


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