1. After High School, I am going to nursing school, and my school counselor said that finding a job somewhere that would give me more experience, is what I need to do. What KIND of job would be good, that I could learn from, or that would be good for starters???? I am going to school to be a RN , if that helps any!

    :roll Hope you can help!:roll

    Thank you!
    Last edit by Cowgirl on Jun 28, '02
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  3. by   Gomer
    Nurse's aid/assistant work will give you loads of hands-on low level patient care experience. Some hospitals require that their NA's be certified (course of study and state certification) and I think this is the best way to go. Also, some hospitals have student nurse programs...after you complete 1/2 of your training they will hire you as a student nurse/extern/nurse intern (many different titles) which in a sense is still a NA position but sometimes more pay.
  4. by   live4today
    Hi Megan...I've been thinking about you and wondering how you've been lately! Glad to hear you are going to go to nursing school out of high school. Nurses are in great demand right now, and if you have the heart and guts for this career choice, may God bless you in your endeavors to stick with it until completion.

    Gomer is right. Working as a Nursing Assistant is the best way for a potential or actual nursing student to gain experience into the healthcare profession while earning an income to boot. You are wise to want to do something constructive with your future right out of high school. Make sure you join the Student Nursing Forum on this site so you can connect with the students there, and learn from them, too. And as always...I'm always here to help you in whatever way I can...just holler and I'll come to the rescue. :kiss
  5. by   LilgirlRN
    Several of our unit clerks have gone on to become nurses and one of them is now in medical school. It's a good way to learn what kind of patient gets certain kind of orders and gets you used to talking to doctors and to patients and their families. Good luck to you Wendy
  6. by   Brownms46
    LilgirlRN, I thihk that is an excellent idea. I have also seen many unit clerks who go back for their degree as a nurse. Also know one who is now an MD...but I'm sure their are others.

    I hesitate to reccomend being a CNA, from reading Mario's posts. In the past I would have though. I'm just hoping with support and encouragement, that he doesn't burn out on nursing, before he finishes school. That would really be just awful.
  7. by   pfleige
    Look in the search engines for the occupational outlook handbook, there you will see all the occupations in the health care field from the top to the bottom, how much they pay the requirements, where will they lead you to, options the works!. I recommend this to anybody right off high school, whether they know the direction they are going or not!
  8. by   alwaysthere
    Being a CNA is good start. Marios just having a bit of a tough spell right now. Weve all been through simalar at the beggining. Once i got through the first couple of months and found my niche i had a wonderful time. The nurses on my unit are all great and since they no im going on to be a nurse make a point of showing me stuff and teaching me. Our tx nurse grabs me for all the tx on my floor when im there. I think that it has hellped me alot. It also helps from the areas of knowing how deal with pt's and families, how to manage time and how to interact with other coworkers, etc. Hope this helps.
  9. by   Cowgirl

    Thank you! I need all the help I can get, I really like asking ya'll because you know about all of this, and I just don't want to take a wrong step and that mess everything up.

    Renee! I haven't talked to you in a while! I'll e-mail ya when I get home in the morning! Rhondas been Keepin me pretty busy! lol!:roll
  10. by   Flo1216
    The only problem with being a CNA is you very often get treated like S*!T. I took a job as a CNA because I thought it would be helpful and that I would learn a lot. I learned a lot of what not to do, I will tell you that. Many of the nurses are very good examples of how I DON'T want to be so I guess in essence, they taught me well. But the nurses at the hospital where I work are not very nurturing and are reluctant to take anyone under their matter how eager they are to learn. I work at a small community hospital where everybody is miserable and complains all the time.It is affiliated with my school so that was why I chose it. If I had to do it over, I would have gone to a teaching hospital. Some of my friends work at University hospitals and they seem to be more receptive to students.
  11. by   Cowgirl
    Well, I am going to school in my town, it is just about 2 minutes away from where i live now, with my parents. But I wouldn't even consider working at our hospital!!!!!!!!!! You can sit in the ER for Hours!!!!! It's Crazy!
  12. by   bandaidexpert
    Are you in a position to volunteer? There are a number of places that need good committed people. Of course you all know I am the best advocate of can get alot of experience just being in these settings.
  13. by   Cowgirl
    Yes, I have a post titeled "Vol. Work" I was asking for advice on. I have alot of good ideas. But most of them I will have to start after summer ends because I am Babysitting over the summer break! Once School starts our "student government" will also, and we stay busy with vol. work all over the community!
  14. by   mattsmom81
    Good luck to you Megan! It's nice to hear of young people still interested in were asking about Cook Children's Hospital in my area weren't you? Do you have an interest in working with children?

    Perhaps the pediatric wing in your area hospital needs a CNA....that would be fun work! Also check into such things as ER clerks, medical records clerks, gift shop attendant in your hospital.

    ER's often keep patients for days now so don't let that bother's the shortage of nurses to staff the floors that keep patients in ER so long today, among other things.

    The big Children's Hospitals here in Dallas-Fort Worth have excellent reputations and are good places to work if that is your goal someday!

    Best wishes to you! You don't have to be a CNA....secretarial /clerk positions are also good places to start for a young man or lady interested in medicine and nursing.