Jobs for Students?

  1. Hi everyone,

    Right now I'm working on my Nursing School Pre-req's. I go part time and work a non-medical job full time. I only have a few more to take before I begin my nursing / clinical classes.

    Within the next year or so I would like to get a job in the medical field while I go to school. However, I do not know what types of jobs I would be able to do as a student and especially as a student who may not have even begun the clinical class work yet.

    Could you guys fill me in on what types of jobs I could be considered for and where a good place would be to start looking?

    All recommendations, opinions and advice are welcome!
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    pre-nursing student, secretary - non-medical


  3. by   NursiePooh
    How about a nurse aid position at the hospital you want to work in?? Choose a department that you think you will like.
    Alot of hospitals need "sitters" those are people who SIT with confused or combattive patients.
    I'm sure any nursing home would hire you too.

  4. by   jpetro
    The previous reply was right on the money. If you can in between semesters take a CNA course it is definately worth it. I worked in detox for 3 years, fell in love with the medical field, took a CNA course to see what school was like ( I graduated from high school in 1981), printed up some resumes, ended up working in a hospital (love it), and did the same thing you are doing. I took 2 courses a semester, got all my sciences, maths, and englishes out of the way, and entered the nursing program. Due to some unexpected medical problems I had to withdraw this semester but that just means I'll be class of 2004 instead of 2003. But I digress. Depending on what state and I guess what hospital, you could be hired as a Student Trained Aide (STA). You have to be in your first or second year as a student nurse. Here in Connecticut it has changed from second year to first year due to the nursing shortage. But I would check out the CNA course.
    Good luck.
  5. by   aimeee
    Phlebotomist is good too. You'll never regret having those venipuncture skills. Wish I did.
  6. by   mario_ragucci
    OKay - the first email from Collen was me 6 months ago. Students in my summer 2001 a&p class had a CNA license and showed it to me which I deduced is similiar to a "food handlers permit" needed for entry into food services jobs. So in October I huddled with myself and went for my CNA. Here you have two paths. One is to sign up with a health facility, they puchew through school and pay for the test buchew gotta stay working with them for (x) months after you receive your CNA cert. The other (I did) was to just go to a CNA school and pay for it outright = $750. In Oregon, yagata complete 75 hrs classroom & 75 hrs clinical to quality to take the state certification for CNA. Then they give you a "common sense" written test (100 Q's) with terms and situations. The hard part was passing the skills exam, where dey ask you to perform 5 skills and some agency evaluates you.
    But now, with my CNA, I can scan jobs for those requiring CNA, and without that I woulda been "JoeShmoe who talks" Im doing this w/o assistance, like you.
    But now I have my CNA and I hafta hoof around to see whats what. I want to work in a setting where you need a person who can set things up accurately. How do I say that, and to who? It just hasta be approached segment at a time, I guess. For me, the next step is to actually approach the hospitals and maybe ask for some familiarization.
    Folks who have friends to show them the way into nursing really miss out on the struggles and defeats and victorys of blazing career trails in nursing
  7. by   AngelicNurse2B
    Hi Colleen,

    I am starting my prereq's this summer. In addition to the prereqs, my school requires you to become certified for CNA before they will accept you into the nursing program. So I plan to take the CNA course (it is offered by my school) this fall, and once I am certified, I hope to get a job as a CNA at the local hospital. I know they are looking for CNA's right now--I hope they will be in December, too! LOL! I am planning to work part-time as a CNA while I take all my prereq's and gen eds, so I will have some hospital experience to draw on once I begin my actual nursing classes.
    I think that CNA is really a good way to go. Lots of people have told me that the experience really helps you to become a better nurse.

  8. by   EMTPTORN
    check with your local hospital emergency room and see if they hire PCT's (patient care technicians). you may have to put some time in on another floor or unit, but i strongly advise to try to end up in the ER. The PCT's are the ones who check v/s, start IV's, put in caths (at least they do at all the hospitals around here). It is an awesome opportunity to learn the skills you need for nursing and get paid at the same time. Many places (esp. ER) prefer EMT exp., I don't recommend spending 6 months to get this in the middle of prereq's unless working on an ambulance really interests you......

    the posting about phlebotomy is an excellenty idea as well....
  9. by   hisblueskies
    I too am finishing up my prereqs this semester. I will be taking an 8 week phlebotomy course at the end of this semester and plan on working as a part time phlebotomist at the local hospital while I am in school. One of the reasons I wanted to become a phelbotomist is that I'll already have the venipuncture skills when it comes time to learn about them in nursing school. I will also be traveling to different parts of the hospital and I can check out which areas I may be interested in after I receive my nursing degree. I have been told by several people that the local hospital is very friendly toward nursing students and will accomodate them any way they can.
  10. by   EMTPTORN other very good point about your phlebotomy gig is you will personally get to know and BE SEEN by the nurses who will be precepting you and doing your clinicals with, this will dramatically DECREASE your anxiety level and INCREASE your happiness level as clinicals will be much easier stress wise.