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Where Do Nursing Students Work?

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Hi, I need some advice. After the long wait, it finally looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I may be able to go to nursing school in a few months (hopefully in the fall)! I've spent the last 11 years working in an office during the day. If my husband gets this new job, he'll be able to support me for the most part, but I might need to take up a part-time job to cover the rest, like maybe 15 hrs/week and in the evenings, since nursing school will be during the day.

Just curious, if any of you R.N. students work part-time in the evenings, where do you work? I was thinking about applying for a unit secretary position, but not sure if they offer part-time evening shifts. Are the hospitals flexible with your school schedule? Do you tell them you're going to nursing school? And if you don't work in the hospital, where do you work if you only need about 15 hrs/week?

Any suggestions? Thanks!

BellasMommyOBRN

Specializes in Maternity.

are there any jobs available at your school? maybe tutoring or some kind of aide at school? it would be easy to get a schedule to work around what could be a very busy schedule for you.

TheSquire, DNP, EMT-B, APN, NP

Specializes in Urgent Care NP, Emergency Nursing, Camp Nursing. Has 9 years experience.

Once you complete the first term or two as a nursing student, area hospitals may be willing to hire you as a nurse's aide.

ksauce20

Specializes in Orthopedics. Has 4 years experience.

I am starting the LPN program in a couple months and I am going to be working part time in a resturaunt...I have found in the past when I went to school full time that resturaunts are really good at working around your schedule because most of the people working there anyway are people in school. Just an idea.

I work at a store...but this is my second year so I want to get my foot in the door at a hospital. esp since jobs in northern ca are hard to get.

I applied for unit clerk, receptionist, and cashier. These jobs are either evening, weekends, or both.

I advise trying the unit sec. as you stated as long as you have the required experience.

9livesRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in SNU/SNF/MedSurg, SPCU Ortho/Neuro/Spine. Has 2 years experience.

Ctmer.service

I work in an office part time, I'm lucky I get to make my own hours! At the hospital we do our clinicals at they will hire us to work as Observational Assistants, after our first 2 semesters we can get licensed as a CNA!!

NurseLoveJoy88, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC. Has 6 years experience.

Currently I work as a health assitant a school, while in school for my lpn. I'll work as a lpn while in school for my rn.

I worked out of my apartment, worked out well for me.

smartin13

Has 5 years experience.

I work in a hospital, and yes they hire clerks part time here. There are a ton of options. Some only work weekends some work a few nights a week some just pick up shifts. I am not actually a clerk I work in an office taking transfers from outside facilities. (We are the big innercity Level 1 trauma center) and they are very flexible with my school schedule. They know Ill be an RN soon and want to keep me around :)

julzhere

Specializes in MedSurg.

Good answer Smartin13. Where I went to school, in northern MN, I had to get my CNA license first, and worked at the hospital in town (also did clinicals there - only 1 hospital) while I went to school. They were very flexible with my hours, knowing I was in nursing school and I got my first job as a nurse there when I was done. Could always pick up extra shifts when I needed to or between semesters and the experience working on the floor, even if it wasn't as an RN, was very valuable when I started clinicals and started as a nurse. You get the experience working with patients and knowing your way around the hospital, and it's very helpful when you start as a nurse.

i've worked at the same restaurant for 6.5 years. i'm sticking with it (bartending) until i graduate.

i make more money there than i would in a hospital right now, and i need the ca$h to pay for school!!

I suggest a secretarial job at a doctor office or on a unit at a hospital which will hire part time. If you can find something in the medical field. It will benefit you through school if you are already in the atmosphere esp. when clinicals start. Just something to think about. I worked full time as a Medical Assistant through out school up til the day before my boards.

julzhere

Specializes in MedSurg.

Your right, pooptacular, bartending does pay better. I also did some of that, as well as working at the hospital while going to school, and it was very helpful and a nice distraction from the whole "medical" thing. There are times, not often, but occasionally, as a nurse that I wish I was back in that bartending job.

These are all great replies! Thanks everyone for your suggestions. A unit clerk position would be my first choice once it's set in stone, and I've also thought about waitressing at Chili's or someplace similar, if you say they are flexible with their employees who attend school. Those places are always packed where I live, so I can imagine the tips are pretty good. ;)

Junebugfairy

Specializes in Gyn/STD clinic tech.

dottie: i bar tend at a rest 2 days a week and make an average of 300-500+ in one week(2 days). i say go for waitressing or bartending, they really do offer flexibility :)

dottie: i bar tend at a rest 2 days a week and make an average of 300-500+ in one week(2 days). i say go for waitressing or bartending, they really do offer flexibility :)

fairycari, that sounds great, but i have a question. what if i don't have any waitress/bartending experience? is that something taught on the job? if so, then i'm willing to give it a try. that is pretty good $$$ in tips for just 2 days a week!! :smokin:

IN THE RESTAURANT BUSINESS EXPERIENCE USUALLY ISN'T A BIG THING. MOST PLACES ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO TRAIN YOU. I DID BARTEND/SERVE FOR 5 YEARS BEFORE I GOT MY CMA...MY INCOME CUT DOWN TO HALF!!:crying2: APPLY TO SEVERAL RESTAURANTS AND DEF. MAKE SURE IT IS A BUSY AND/OR WELL PRICED MENU (THAT CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE) I PROB MADE 400-500$ JUST WORKING WEEKENDS. ITS A GOOD SHORT TERM JOB AND YOU LEARN GREAT PEOPLE SKILLS LOL!!:chuckle

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