Pre-nursing jobs?

  1. Are there any decent paying jobs a pre-nursing student can get that pays at least 12 an hour? I've tried so many places like hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and have been going to open interviews and can't find nothing. Right now I'm volunteering and planning to get a reference but I really don't know if it's going to pay off. I'm sure a lot of pre-nursing students are in the same situation as I am. I've also looked at short term training programs like phlebotomy but it's so expensive. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm from Buffalo ny by the way.
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  3. by   Paws2people
    Why don't you try CNA?
  4. by   Nursing pursuit
    I tried that, you got to be certified or pass one semester of clinical and I don't meet neither of this criteria.
  5. by   DoGoodThenGo
    Some hospitals still use and train their own nursing assistants. But by federal and other statues IIRC nursing homes and other areas require one to be certified. Therefore only being a "NA" as it were may limit your options outside of said training institution.
  6. by   glencoco
    I am in the same boat as you. I was pre-nursing looking for a job in the hospital that didn't require any certification. I would suggest a medical secretary or unit assistant, but I heard those require like medical terminology these days. I ended up volunteering at the hospital. I have been volunteering for 1.5 years now and now I am in nursing school and just started my first semester. My goal is to try to work as an ED tech where I volunteer but it is hard to get hired as a tech. But I hope the odds will be in my favor because all the nurses know me by name on the floor so I am hoping the transition will be easy and a job opening will magically appear! Fingers crossed I guess
  7. by   Nursing pursuit
    Wow, volunteering for over a year?
  8. by   glencoco
    Yes I have been volunteering for over a year. I volunteered as an undergrad at a different hospital for 2 years and then I helped to manage the program, so I have been volunteering for quite awhile. I volunteer at another hpspital now and have been there for 1.5 years. It is a bummer to not get paid, but given the leadership experience I have learned (and can put on my resume) it is worth it. Not to mention all the experiences I have gained over the years including how to talk to patients, getting comfortable with bodily fluids/seeing blood, and even having the opportunity to observe surgeries (appendectomy, c sections) and code blues.