Quote from CSM08MMS
I worked in a hospital almost 2 years prior to entering the nursing program I'm currently in. I did not have an prior experience or special certification. I do not provide patient care though. I am a unit secretary in a NICU (where you must be an RN to work there, LPNs cannot work NICU). It's nice to get "used to" some of the things that go on in a hospital, equipment, labs, terminology etc. Those things have made alot of things easier in nursing school.
You could go get your CNA and be a nurses assistant, but as far as workload and pay go..... I guess it depends on state/facility/department but my US job pays more than my friends who are CNAs. Another thing about going to CNA cert then into nursing school, all of my friends are somewhat frustrated because what you learn in CNA school, what you practice as a CNA and what is taught in learning school are not the same and is confusing.
But with all of that aside, YES! Working in a clinical setting before or while you are in nursing school is an excellent idea! Let me give you one pointer, do NOT work a night before an exam or a clinical day (this is dangerous and puts your patient(s) at risk!!)
H E L P!!
My question is what's it like working as a unit secretary: pros and cons
What's the daily routine
? What should I look out for? Do's and Don'ts
Im so nervous, don't really know what to expect because skills for this type of position seem to vary. Lastly, whats the avg salary in MA area?
I am a first year struggling nursing student, 23, and starting my first relevant medical field job as a unit secretary in SICU
. I have worked as medical assistant in PC for about year and gotten a valuble learning experience and exposure then went back to FT/PT school. I worked clinicals more rather than administrative as we are supposed to be multi-tasked. But the doctor prefered me helping her with clinicals. But I do have and understanding of referrals and data entry.
I appreciate for any advice you might have. Thanks a million!!