Hello Texas nurses!
I am hoping for some advice from RNs who are already out there working - I am starting nursing school this fall (Monday, actually!) and am thinking about leaving my current job to try and get my foot in the door in the human medical field. I have heard that already having some experience in the field when you graduate will help a bit with getting hired after graduation.
Currently I work as a medical equipment sales rep in the veterinary industry. I sell and support diagnostic equipment (EKG and BP units) as well as multi-parameter surgical monitoring equipment. I've had this job for about 6 years now, and for several years before that I was a veterinary technician.
I'm wondering what kind of options I have out there for employment that would be flexible with school and also what kind of pay I would be looking at. I know that after a semester in nursing school I can get a job as a CNA or PCT, but are there any other options I haven't heard about? One thing to consider is that I currently make a decent salary+commission..anywhere from 55 to 75 grand a year. That comes at a price though, as sometimes I can work 2 weeks straight and be out of the state on business travel for days at a time, which obviously would not work with school! As a vet tech I can make about 15 dollars an hour, and that's without an RVT license. The cool thing about being a vet tech is that you are allowed to do lots of things if you are trusted (place IVs, orogastric feedings, assist and suture in surgery, etc). Even though I can probably easily find a job as a tech, I want to start working on patients without fur and claws!
I don't want anyone to think that I am only concerned about the money aspect, but I AM wondering if there is anything I can do on the human side that makes more than 9 dollars an hour, which is what I have been told to expect as a CNA. Also, what is the difference between a CNA and a PCT, or are they pretty much the same?
Thanks everyone for any input you may have on this. I want to get as much experience as I can while I'm in school, so any ideas would be much appreciated!