If you worked while in school, what did you do?

  1. 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. I notice a lot of people do the CNA/ TECH thing - but I think I would be spread too thin emotionally. So I am just curious, interested and also looking for some new ideas.
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  3. by   WalMart_ADN
    Thank you for choosing your local Walmart, how can i help you?

    not glamourous, but a no-brainer job that gave me a little cash in my pocket and still time to study lol
  4. by   anitame
    I worked at a video store. It was nice; not too strenuous and I was able to do some studying when it was slow. Good luck!
  5. by   srose
    I'm still in school, and working part-time as a waitress. I like it because it's so low stress (I don't even have to THINK about school, etc) and my schedule is really flexible, plus, my hourly wage (with tips) is way more than I'd make as a CNA.
  6. by   BadBird
    ER Tech. every Fri, Sat, Sun from 7p to 7:30am.
  7. by   hoolahan
    I worked as a home health aide. I had a four-hour stint in the home of two older folks who were in thier 90's. They washed themselves, but I helped them get dressed, vacuumed, prepped dinner, and kept them company. They were really sweet.
  8. by   renerian
    Before I started school I drove a fork lift in a warehouse. Once I started school I worked part time in a store and babysat six kids two and under at all hours of the day and night and I had a two year old and two month old. It was an insane period of my life which was very hard. I slept about 3 to 4 hours a night.

  9. by   frannybee
    I worked in a nursing home as an assistant in nursing (AIN). I had case studies when I needed them, had an RN to bounce ideas off, got some insight into the 'extra' things RNs do in nursing homes that the carers don't (meds, documentation, dressings etc), and I got a bit more responsibility since I was doing my training. It had its downsides though - I had to leave in the end when they refused to give me leave without pay so I could go on placements, and the RNs were watching their backs, thinking that I was watching them trying to find something wrong with their pratices, instead of watching to learn.
  10. by   LilgirlRN
    I was a nursing assistant on the post partum floor. Helped take care of moms, this is back when there was a nursery that kept babies instead of them rooming in with mom. Good experience.
  11. by   JedsMom
    When I first started school I was still a cop. After I started my second semester of clinicals I worked as a nurse tech in the newborn nursery every weekend 12 hour shifts.
  12. by   dawngloves
    I did banquet waitressing. SWEET money, no hassle, no thinking, flex hours. Good luck!
  13. by   parker in arkie
    I work in the business office of our local hospital. Good pay for our area. I actually work for a collection agency filing and following up on patient accounts. working for the agency gives me GREAT flexibility. Starting March 10th, I'll be going from 32-10 hours a week, just because I think I need more time to study. and When I decide or if that I want to work more, they can and will shift the work load between here and the home office.
  14. by   finallyRN
    I waited tables during nursing school. It was the only job with such flexible hours. the money I made with tips more than paid my bills.