Healthcare jobs at 18?

  1. I'm 18 years old and I'm currently a volunteer at a hospital. I'm interested in majoring in nursing. What other jobs besides becoming a CNA can I get within the healthcare field at my young age? I have no experience.
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  3. by   Asystole RN
    Patient transport will give you patient contact without direct patient care. You can sometimes find relatively inexpensive and quick phlebotomy programs. There is also always dietary and environmental services too.
  4. by   PinayUSA
    Quote from Anerelism347
    I'm 18 years old and I'm currently a volunteer at a hospital. I'm interested in majoring in nursing. What other jobs besides becoming a CNA can I get within the healthcare field at my young age? I have no experience.
    My wife had her BSN by age 19 and was RN by 20
  5. by   RunnerRN2015
    Quote from Anerelism347
    I'm 18 years old and I'm currently a volunteer at a hospital. I'm interested in majoring in nursing. What other jobs besides becoming a CNA can I get within the healthcare field at my young age? I have no experience.
    Patient representative (registering patients in the ED, taking their insurance information, etc), dietary aide, patient transport, unit secretary, environmental services.
  6. by   CelticGoddess
    Guest services. The rep who saw me at my most recent admission is only 18. She plans on becoming an RRT. She has patient contact, without direct patient care.
  7. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from PinayUSA
    My wife had her BSN by age 19 and was RN by 20
    So did it take her a year to pass NCLEX?

    The OP is 18 and hasn't started working on her degree yet. No way she can get her BSN in one year, so how is your post helpful?
  8. by   johsonmichelle
    Quote from Horseshoe
    So did it take her a year to pass NCLEX?

    The OP is 18 and hasn't started working on her degree yet. No way she can get her BSN in one year, so how is your post helpful?
    exactly his post sounds fishy, a fresh high school graduate ( unless they started taking pre requisite in high school) will take atleast 1 -2 years of courses for pre requisite full time and then another 2 years to complete the rn program whether it be adn or bsn. Thats just the minimum, it make longer based on the amount of courses required for the program and if you are waitlisted.
  9. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from johsonmichelle
    exactly his post sounds fishy,
    Yet par for the course if you are familiar with the posting history.

    It's possible his wife started at a very young age, but again, not helpful to the OP in any way.
  10. by   SnowShoeRN
    Other thoughts include working at emergency response dispatch centers and becoming a EMT or paramedic. I know several RN's and MD's who did both or either prior to starting their healthcare educations.
  11. by   RunnerRN2015
    Quote from johsonmichelle
    exactly his post sounds fishy, a fresh high school graduate ( unless they started taking pre requisite in high school) will take atleast 1 -2 years of courses for pre requisite full time and then another 2 years to complete the rn program whether it be adn or bsn. Thats just the minimum, it make longer based on the amount of courses required for the program and if you are waitlisted.
    My ADN program was 2 years, start to finish -- no pre-reqs needed other than high school requirements. I had a couple of "fresh-out-of-high-school" classmates who graduated high school in June 2012, took a couple of classes in the fall of 2012, started the program with me in Jan 2013, and graduated Dec 2014. Very doable!

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