When i was in nursing school, hospital system offered "nurse Externships". They were short paid internships over the summer(i believe it was 8-12 weeks) where you worked 1 on 1 with a nurse to gain hands on experience as a nurse. After the externship, you had the opportunity to transition to a nursing assistant position (keeping your nurse extern title). in keeping that title you were able to be paid several dollars more than your typical nursing assistant. it was also a casual role therefore very flexible and you pretty much make your own schedule with as little as 4hr shifts after the extern period.
I do believe you would have to be entering your Jr year to do this though.
This is Sue and I am a retired oncology (cancer) nurse. I worked for over 35 years in the field. I wanted to make sure that my information is up to date, so I did a bit of research to help answer your question.
1. First of all, congratulations on working toward your BSN. You will be able to apply to major acute care institutions and either new grad jobs or nurse residency jobs. Make sure you take a NCLEX preparation class to solidify your learning and increase your confidence.
2. While you are still a student, I recommend volunteering for the Red Cross. I became a Red Cross Certified (way back in the day) and used this as a reference on my resume.
3. Here is first-hand information from the American Nurses Association on "what nurse recruiters are looking for": https://www.nursingworld.org/resources/individual/recruiters-look-for/
4. Consider joining a professional student nurse/health care association. This would indicate a serious commitment to the profession in the eyes of a nurse recruiter and would also help you gain important connections:
5. Have you considered working part-time in a doctor's office or other facility in any capacity? I know that nursing school is more than a full time job, but during breaks, you might be able to find a suitable position. It is helpful have real world experience in the medical environment. I had worked as a nurses aid and this was a beneficial element on my resume.
6. Here is a last bit of helpful information:
I hope this information is helpful. I am wishing you all the best. Stay the course and finish strong.
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