Top 3 Hospital Jobs for Students
In Education, Job Search
March 16, 2017
If you are an aspiring healthcare professional, you know the high levels of training and education needed to succeed in the field. Whether you are working to become a physician, nurse, physician assistant, or allied health professional, schooling is long and difficult, and gaining relevant experience is crucial.
Shadowing is an excellent way to glean insight into what a day in your future career might look like, but it may not be the best choice for those looking for more of a hands-on experience. Additionally, shadowing medical professionals does not pay the bills — and if you are already working a part-time job, why not make it relevant to your career choice?
Fortunately, there are several options for students to gain paid experience in the medical field without earning a college degree.
Here are three great part-time hospital jobs for college students:
1. Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Also known as a Nursing Assistant or a Patient Care Assistant, CNAs help patients with various healthcare needs under the supervision of a Registered Nurse (RN). CNAs can work in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, personal homes, and assisted living facilities.
The responsibilities of Certified Nursing Assistants include acting as a liaison between the patient and the nurse, and helping the nurse with anything she may need. CNAs help patients with basic quality-of-life needs, such as answering patient calls, taking temperature and other vital signs, feeding patients, cleaning rooms, dressing wounds, helping with medical procedures, documenting patient’s’ health issues, and staying in constant communication with nurses.
While you do not need a degree to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, you will need to take special CNA classes and pass a competency exam to learn your certificate and become qualified to practice as a CNA. The length of CNA certification programs vary depending on state and other variables, but they can take anywhere from four to 12 weeks to complete.
A job as a CNA comes with flexible hours and an estimated job growth of 17 percent, which is much faster than average. In terms of pay, Certified Nursing Assistants earn a median of $15 per hour. To read more about a job as a Certified Nursing Assistant, and view available job openings, visit our CNA career profile.
Phlebotomists are medical professionals who are responsible for collecting blood for donation and testing. They are trained to collect blood through simple skin punctures or more complicated venipuncture procedures.
The blood is then analyzed in a diagnostic laboratory to diagnose illnesses, evaluate proper nutrition levels, and determine the effective level of medication dosage. Blood testing can also determine a patient’s blood sugar and blood type.
In addition to taking blood, phlebotomists are responsible for properly sanitizing all equipment before it is used, accurately labeling all collected blood samples, and proper storage and transport of blood samples and necessary equipment.
To become one, a high school diploma and completion of a certification program is required. To ultimately take the certification exam, future phlebotomists must complete a training program in which the student will study anatomy, blood collection procedures, proper storage, safety precautions, and any other skills necessary to become a successful phlebotomist.
They must also demonstrate 100 successful venipunctures and 25 skin punctures. All in all, the National Phlebotomy Association requires 200 hours of training, which includes clinical experience to be eligible for certification. Finally, students must pass a certification exam with a score of at least 70 percent.
Upon certification, phlebotomists can be employed in clinical laboratories, community health centers, hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, blood donation centers and other health care facilities. Phlebotomists earn an average hourly wage of $15.33. To read more about what phlebotomists do, check out our phlebotomist career profile.
3. Medical Scribe
Medical scribes play an important supporting role to physicians in a variety of healthcare settings. From the emergency room to a private orthopaedic practice, scribes act as the eyes and ears of physicians by helping document patient visits and taking care of clerical responsibilities such as charting.
Typically, medical scribes follow physicians around to see patients, carrying a computer to chart patient encounters in real-time, taking the record-keeping responsibility off of the doctor.
Becoming a medical scribe is a great way for medical school hopefuls and future physicians to get hands-on experience and a firsthand look into the life of a physician. In fact, this experience is so valuable that many medical schools recommend pre-med college students to pursue a part-time job as a medical scribe.
To become one, no certification exams are necessary, but most scribes attend training at a scribe headquarters facility followed by around a month of supervised training shifts.
The median hourly wage of a medical scribe is $17.26. To gather more information on medical scribes, read about a typical day in the life of a medical scribe, or view our career profile page.
Getting Healthcare Experience in College
Many future healthcare professionals shadow and volunteer during their college career. However, there are several paid options for students to gain valuable experience while in school. These positions can better prepare students for a future in the medical field and are attractive additions to a resume.