If you worked while in school, what did you do? - page 6

Hello I should be starting school in the Fall (fingers crossed, mailbox on constant surveillance). Any way I am interested in what kind of jobs people have/ had to pay the bills in the mean time. ... Read More

  1. by   Audreyfay
    Every weekend, Friday night shift and Saturday night shift, I did laundry at a nursing home. Whew...weird to think about it now!
  2. by   Jenni
    I was an RPN (LPN, LVN) before I was an Rn...so while i was in school, i worked in the same hospital i was doing my clinical in......which was nice. When I did my RPN......i worked as a deli clerk in a grocery store..ick....
  3. by   RNSue
    In my parents phone book there is a listing for Jabloughmee, Haywood. Really.

    Excuse me, this post somehow ended up in the wrong place. It was supposed to go in a thread in humor.
    Last edit by RNSue on Mar 12, '03
  4. by   Nurse Kat
    During school, I worked at an ice skating rink, dj'ing, office work and teaching figure skating... great hours & pay. Quit in my final year and then hosted night club tours one night a week ($$$), lots of fun too!...
  5. by   adrienurse
    I worked as a nurse's aid in nursing homes until my 4th year, when I worked as a home care worker. Liked home care better, but you never knew what you were gonna find.
  6. by   geleesa
    I work with mentally challenged adults in a residential home. It great b/c i study at night when the guys are asleep .
  7. by   mattsmom81
    It is nice if one can go to school and NOT have to work...but most of us don't/didn't have that luxury.

    I worked at my hospital (old diploma nurse)...as a nurse tech... working evenings, weekends and around classes. Great experience and was able to see theory put into practice.
  8. by   AAHZ
    I flew as a med tech in the air force (had to take a short break from school to go to war), framed houses, built furniture and helped on the family farm. I was real busy for that time. If it was'nt for the war (and my wife leaving me), it would have been the most enjoyable time i ever had!!!!!
  9. by   shudokan-RN
    waited tables at Red Lobster, and worked call in as a CNA both were flexible
  10. by   mario_ragucci
    If you can go to school and not work, do it. I thought having the experience in an actual hospital as a cna would help. Those 24 hours per week turned into hell during super hardcore clinicals and long commutes on freeways while fitness dwindled. Just go to school and then pass the big tests. There is so much to learn. My best of luck to you.
  11. by   ella1
    I had a few jobs while I was at Uni. I worked as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) in nursing homes through a nursing agency for most of the time. Gave me an idea of the work load that I could expect as an RN and an appreciation of the many varied forms of bodily fluids
    During harvest I worked as a grain sampler which entailed getting a sample of grain (wheat, barley, lupins etc) out of the back of a semi trailer, and grading it - VERY good money for cruisey work AND you got a suntan (the downside being the hellish sockmark which is very fetching in a strappy summer dress!). I also worked for a short period of time cleaning Homeswest houses that had been vacated by questionable tenants. It was disgusting - used tampons, nappies, sanitary pads left on floors, faeces smeared on walls, used syringes left everywhere... oh, wait a minute and the difference now being????
  12. by   RNforLongTime
    My first three years in nursing school, I was working as a short order cook at a truck stop not even 2 miles away from my parents house. The pay was decent. They were pretty good about working around my school and clinical schedule. The summer preceding my final year of nursing school, I had to quit that job as I needed full time hours for the summer and they had always worked me full time during summer break. Manager said no way as business hadn't picked up yet. He was giving the hours to a slacker cook who happened to have 3 kids. I rarely called off. Was always on time, etc. Didn't get rewarded for being a good employee. So, I got a job as a CNA in a local nursing home. It sucked! But it got me through that last year of school. I will NEVER work LTC again after that experience!

    I made a lot of friends at that truck stop. And the sad part was that I was a GOOD short order cook! Oh well, I'm an even better RN now!
  13. by   traumaRUs
    Medical transcriptionist fulltime while in LPN school and LPN fulltime while in RN part. Now, I'm in ADN to MSN and I still work fulltime.