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Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

Is anyone working as a CNA or PCT while taking their pre-reqs? Are you part time of full time? Do you plan on continuing with work when you get into any nursing program?

I just moved from out of state and am in the process of acquiring two different (part time) PCT positions. I know I'd be able to handle it now and probably next semester but want to hear others' takes on their plans.

ama11a, BSN

Specializes in CMSRN. Has 4 years experience.

I worked 36 hours PRN weekends as a tech during nursing school, and I don't regret a second of it. It actually structured me, made me utilize every second of my time, AND gave me valuable application to what I was studying, as I was constantly interacting with patients.

I am also trying to figure that out. I've saved a great deal of money for nursing school however, the thought of using all of my savings is unsettling. I signed up for a 5 week CNA course yesterday and I'm wondering if I should back out. I have several thing I need to purchase to prepare for nursing school so I'm not sure if the $900 course is worth it. I want to gain experience while in the program but I also don't want to work two 12 hour shifts a week to only to make between $10-$12 an hour. I could work half the time as a waitress and make double the money. Just unsure of what to do.

Hoosier_RN, MSN

Specializes in dialysis. Has 28 years experience.

but I also don't want to work two 12 hour shifts a week to only to make between $10-$12 an hour. I could work half the time as a waitress and make double the money.

But being a waitress won't get your foot in the door as far as jobs go. Nowadays, its who you know, and every contact and every work experience count in this tight new grad market

You're absolutely right, which is why I considered the idea. I am from Texas and upon doing research for job openings I mostly found "techs" as the positions available. I didn't see any "CNA" positions available in the hospitals which is where I would prefer to be. I suppose I want to know if becoming certified would be beneficial while going to school if I do not wish to be in a LTC facility.

And thank you for your opinion, it's appreciated :)

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

I am also trying to figure that out. I've saved a great deal of money for nursing school however, the thought of using all of my savings is unsettling. I signed up for a 5 week CNA course yesterday and I'm wondering if I should back out. I have several thing I need to purchase to prepare for nursing school so I'm not sure if the $900 course is worth it. I want to gain experience while in the program but I also don't want to work two 12 hour shifts a week to only to make between $10-$12 an hour. I could work half the time as a waitress and make double the money. Just unsure of what to do.

Agreeing with RNinIN. I'm thinking of accepting two different positions with two different hospitals just to get my foot in the door and pretty much get me a guaranteed nursing job once I'm done with school. Waitressing is good because it helps with customer service and social skills as well as multitasking but it won't compare to actual patient care experience.

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

I worked 36 hours PRN weekends as a tech during nursing school, and I don't regret a second of it. It actually structured me, made me utilize every second of my time, AND gave me valuable application to what I was studying, as I was constantly interacting with patients.

Thank you for telling me this. I am mainly worried about whether full time tech work is possible while going to school. It makes sense that it would help with time management and organization skills,

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

You're absolutely right, which is why I considered the idea. I am from Texas and upon doing research for job openings I mostly found "techs" as the positions available. I didn't see any "CNA" positions available in the hospitals which is where I would prefer to be. I suppose I want to know if becoming certified would be beneficial while going to school if I do not wish to be in a LTC facility.

And thank you for your opinion, it's appreciated :)

If you're a CNA, where I'm from, you're more competitive as a hospital applicant. They train you to be a tech.

NurseSpeedy, ADN, LPN, RN

Has 19 years experience.

I worked four 8 hour shifts as a PCT at a hospital (when 8 hour shifts were still common) when I was going to LPN school. I worked 40 hours a week as an LPN when doing my pre-requisites for my RN program years ago. Now that I'm returning to complete the program I'm juggling a family with a young child so I work two twelve hour shifts on the weekend as an LPN while I'm doing the actual RN nursing program. It's definitely possible to do a job in healthcare and also do well in school. You will also meet people and make connections that may help you get a foot in the door for an interview once you have your license.

Hi, I am done with all of my PRE-REQs but didn't get into the program in 2012 so I did Phlebotomy instead. I am now working towards the MA degree but can only manage one class at a time. I am a single mom and work night shift in a hospital. I want to be a nurse so bad but I don't know how I can go full time, so I keep doing these smaller steps towards the big one I really want to do. I don't have the option of doing 12hr shifts so I work 6 days one week and 4 the other. Its a rough road. My goal is to hopefully finish this MA by Jan 2017 and get a full time day job where I can go to school, but I am wondering if I am going about things the right way ? I just don't know!

I worked full time as a nurse assistant in a hospital while doing pre-reqs and will continue when I start the RN program in January. Two of my coworkers worked full time as techs in the ER while attending school and another one is about to start in January. Working sucks but I have kids, bills, health insurance and a husband out on disability so I don't have a choice. It's absolutely doable!!!!

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

Hi, I am done with all of my PRE-REQs but didn't get into the program in 2012 so I did Phlebotomy instead. I am now working towards the MA degree but can only manage one class at a time. I am a single mom and work night shift in a hospital. I want to be a nurse so bad but I don't know how I can go full time, so I keep doing these smaller steps towards the big one I really want to do. I don't have the option of doing 12hr shifts so I work 6 days one week and 4 the other. Its a rough road. My goal is to hopefully finish this MA by Jan 2017 and get a full time day job where I can go to school, but I am wondering if I am going about things the right way ? I just don't know!

Medical assisting isn't going to take you any steps toward nursing...why don't you just work on getting into nursing school? You can do a CNA class and be a tech in a hospital while going to nursing school

I agree RNinIN, this is a hard choice to make especially if you are a non-Trad like myself. At the end of the day you must be able to pay the rent, etc. I am in the process of finding a facility monitor, aide, ekg tech position and working as a waitress on the side. I need to make money and get patient experience. Good luck!

Yeah, after a lot of thinking, I have decided to just go for it and apply in April! Studying for the TEAS has begun! And I am already a CNA and Phlebotomist :) I work as a Phleb in a hospital. Very happy to have a foot in the door !

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

Yeah, after a lot of thinking, I have decided to just go for it and apply in April! Studying for the TEAS has begun! And I am already a CNA and Phlebotomist :) I work as a Phleb in a hospital. Very happy to have a foot in the door !

I'm doing the same :) good luck

NICUmiiki, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU/PICU Flight Nursing. Has 6 years experience.

I worked full time (36 hours) as an ER tech throughout nursing school. We self-scheduled and I was able to mold my work schedule around my school schedule.

LPNtoRNin2016OH, LPN

Specializes in Allergy/ENT, Occ Health, LTC/Skilled. Has 5 years experience.

I am in the LPN to RN track but I worked full time with two kids (pregnant with a third for the second year) and attending school part time for two years. I have a 4.0. After the birth of my third child, I cut back to PRN because I am in my last semester of difficult pre-reqs and will be going to my actual clinical portion soon. It's definitely doable to work throughout the whole thing full time if you do not have kids (and for those who do that with kids are freaking amazing).

midwife101

Specializes in CNA.

I currently work as a PCT and will just have to wait and see what happens once I get in. I work 3 12s a week and will most likely go to 1-2 a week, hopefully.