Do you have a Job in the Medical field?

  1. I was told by my advisor to get a job in the medical field, in fact the Tulsa okla, Junior college requires you to be a CNA before applying to the ADN program! I recently earned a job at the Harris Trauma ICU as a unit clerk. For those of you who do have a job in the medical field, how much did you learn? Has it helped in school?
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    Joined: May '02; Posts: 10
    Unit Clerk Trauma ICU, Harris Hospital


  3. by   abby27
    The program I am applying to in January also requires you to be a CNA. I'm taking the class in the fall. But for this summer I'm planning to get some type of clerical job in the hospital I want to work at. I just want to get my foot in the door for when I am hopefully a nurse.
  4. by   Ortho_RN

    I just got a job at our hospital as a PCA (same as CNA) on an orthopedic floor... I think I have learned a great bit.. You get really good at doing vitals and doing basic care for your patients... And when I get to the Ortho part in class I feel like I will have a leg up on the rest of the class..

    I highly recommend getting a job at a hospital to anyone...
  5. by   MPHkatie
    You will Learn Sooooooooo much working in the unit. I worked in the ED all through school, and saw most of the things we learned about at school, and that made the treatments and all much easier to recall. Yes, it is definitely helpful and worth it. Once people know you are interested, they will teach you more as time allows. Best Wishes!
  6. by   kats
    When I was a teenager, I volunteered at the hospital and then became a CNA. I worked in the ICU and CICU. Now that I am going back to school, I only have Fridays available so I volunteer at the hospital here on base. I started off in the OR and have since been in the lab training to be a certified phlebotomist. That is the person that draws blood for testing. Anyways, if I hadn't volunteered I wouldn't be getting this training. I have been also told that I will learn to do EKG's and read them as well as other stuff while I volunteer. The best thing probably about learning the phlebotomy is that when I go to nursing school, I won't be so nervous when I have to give my first shot or start my first iv. I definately reccomend either working or volunteering in the hospital before going to nursing school even if it isn't a requirement at your school. Bye for now, Kimberly
  7. by   alwaysthere
    Im an CNA on a snf/rehab unit and before that spent two and a half years doing aide work as a volunteer on a dementia unit (Oh I LOVED that , i wish i had the oppertunity to do it again). Let people know you want to learn. The good ones WILL teach you. They know what makes a good nurse is more than just a couple of years of classes. Its those people who have it in there blood, who couldnt imagine doing anything else. Most people will seee and respect your commitment.
  8. by   Whisper
    My course discourages students from working!! But most of us have jobs, because we have to eat something, therefore the tutors said well have a break form nursing, stack shelves etc. 'Have a break from nursing'!!! WHY??? This is supposed to be a career we want, why should we not work in that field??

    Okay enough ranting....Oh and just to be contary I work as a community care assitant, doing basic care for people in their homes.