Quote from missrisa77
I'm a nursing student as well, and I don't have any clinical experience. Another option along with a unit secretary is patient registration. That's my job in the ER and I get to see a lot of things first hand and watch how nurses and doctors respond to different situations. Not as good as being a tech or cna, but not bad either.
I agree with the above. While I think working as a CNA, PCT, or something like phlebotomy is ideal - working as an admitting clerk can be good, too.
I worked as an ER clerk years ago. I think it was a great introduction to the hospital environment, especially since you can get this kind of job right away without having to take any class or get any certification. It's a great way to see and hear what goes on without any direct patient care responsibility, yet.
The best job I had was working 11 PM to 7 AM in a tiny ER. It was so small that we just had one counter where four of us sat: the physician, two RNs, and me, the admitting clerk. I was like a sponge and soaked it up.
If you do go for an admitting job, try to make sure it's not in a hospital's central admitting office. Away from patient care areas, you really don't see much in a job like that. To the OP, good luck with your ASU application!!!