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How to get my foot in the door?


I am currently doing my prereqs so I can get into nursing school by jan. I work in a retirement home doing activists but my passion is children. How can I work at a place doing peds with no nursing background d yet? Also, I been reading on working full time and going to nursing school and people have said it doesn't work. I have no parents to support me so is there a way to still have my bills paid with no job? I heard student loans help with that. Any advice would be great


Specializes in Telemetry.

there are plenty of part-time jobs you can get that can help you pay bills while in nursing school. many jobs within hospitals are part-time or as-needed, and many of them pay relatively well. i worked as a unit secretary while in school, and it allowed me to get an RN job right when i finished. my job during school was extremely flexible and i was able to work various shifts, between 20 and 40 hours a week throughout my entire nursing program, depending on how busy my school schedule was that week. like, if it was winter break, i was able to pick up extra shifts to make some more money, and if i was extremely busy with finals, i could cut back on my shifts. there's plenty of jobs out there that are similar if you look hard enough. many of my classmates were in similar situations.

Okay! Thanks. I thought about part time just nervous I won't make enough to pay my bills. Just like everyone else in the world haha.

KelRN215, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pedi. Has 10 years experience.

Any experience you can get working with children will help you... I substitute taught and worked at summer camps. Once you've done some clinicals, you can apply to be an aide on a pediatric floor which will give you an in.


Specializes in PICU. Has 2 years experience.

I worked as a tech in the stepdown and MICU/SICU units at an adult hospital. Peds critical care is what i wanted though so i applied and got in as a new grad. The experience you will recieve at any LARGE hospital, no matter what specialty, will help you be a better nurse. Nothing can prepare you for your patient coding like, being involved in other codes (just as an example) (and yes PICU is different than MICU, but i feel i am much better prepared with that experience i got as a tech). All the little experiences add up to help your patient care quality.

Thanks everyone for the input. I am having major problems at work and u have to work within riverside for 6 months before you can transfer. I am in my 6 months but I know my boss will block my transfer. So all this information is very helpful. I have sentara to look at for a hospital and Bon secures. Would a children's dr office work?