Which job should I get?

  1. I think I am going to have to get a part-time job. I could get a job at a call center where they would let me study between calls or should I get a CNA type of job for the experience? What do you guys think?
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  3. by   NurseRachy
    I have a part-time job in a supermarket and I enjoy the fact that i don't really have to think too hard at work when i have just had a long, hard day at uni, but then again I have friends who do PCA ( CNA in the US ) type jobs and they rock in clinicals with basic patient care. Good luck
  4. by   marilynmom
    Ughh I hated working in call centers. Are you sure you would be able to study between calls? Most of the time you dont have time to has been my experience with them and what time you do have you cant really concentrate on school work.

    I would do the CNA for experience I think, but that is just me. You have to do what you think is best. And if one doesn't work out you can just do the other. Nothing lost really.

  5. by   USA987
    I would go for a CNA job. I never did it, and at times I regretted it!
  6. by   Ortho_RN
    I'd go for the CNA job.. You will learn much more than taking vitals and using bed pans... Just observing the nurses I learned so much
  7. by   SC RN
    I just took a job as a Nurse Tech (pretty name for CNA) and the experience is great! All of the nurses know that I am entering the program in the Fall so they grab me to watch all of the procedures they do and explain everything whenever they get a chance. It's awesome. I would highly recommend it!
  8. by   kimy
    Is it hard to get a position like that if you haven't started clincals yet? ( I am hitting the pavement Monday to check out all the hospitals around here) I start clincals in August and have NEVER worked in a hospital (actually I temped in the accounting department at one a few years ago, but that doesn't do much good) I don't even know where to start....Do you just explain to HR when you go fill out an app that you're entering the program in the fall or what?

  9. by   Mkue
    I've heard CNA would be good experience, good luck
  10. by   unbridled
    Also, you need to check with the call center. I worked for one where we were not allowed to do anything between phone calls except read the catalogs so we would know our merchandise better. No matter if you were waiting 1 minute or 5 minutes between calls. And there was also a lot of time where we had so many calls we went from call to call the entire shift, so there was no time to do anything between calls.
  11. by   kjseam
    Thank you for all the replies and advice. My mother in law actually works at this call center part time. It is taking orders for a restaurant chain and she said the hours are very flexible and that they let you do anything you want between calls so she always takes a book. She said weeknights are always slow but the weekends are always busy so I probably wouldnt be able to study then. I would like the CNA position for the experience but the call center sounds good for the study time. I have a husband and 2 small kids and can use all the study time I can get. Thanks again everyone.:kiss