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How did you get your patient contact/care experience? [Apr. 19th, 2007|05:25 pm]
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[michellehaseena]
I think the subject says it all! I am probably going to graduate in spring 2008, and would like to start PA school in Sept or Aug 2010. I am not sure how to go about getting patient care experience. A lot of people seemed to have gone the EMT route--but I don't think this will be an option for me (jacked up back + lifting...bad idea for all parties involved!).

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[User Picture]From: flautenpupie_79
2007-04-19 09:36 pm (UTC)
I don't know much about it, but I was told that my working in a hospital as a phlebotomist counted, as will working in a neuropsych lab at my uni. I guess it kind of depends on your situation what you can do.
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From: michellehaseena
2007-05-13 04:22 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: apnate
2007-04-19 09:56 pm (UTC)
I did 6 months full time in phlebotomy. It worked out perfectly, because I graduated in May, worked from July-December, and my program started in January. For September start dates, it may get more complicated.

Other alternatives (for my program at least) can be found at http://www.amc.edu/Academic/PhysicianAssistant/HealthCare.html

Good luck! :)
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From: karmakameleon
2007-04-21 04:54 am (UTC)
How did you get your job in this area? was there outside training involved?
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[User Picture]From: apnate
2007-04-21 11:29 am (UTC)
Many facilities do require a certification in phlebotomy, but my hospital trained folks on the job. I was lucky in getting the job because I had a connection with a someone higher up in the hospital's administration. Also, it usually tough to retain phlebotomists long-term, so there were job openings.
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From: michellehaseena
2007-05-13 04:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link! I checked it out!
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From: so_typically_me
2007-04-19 11:44 pm (UTC)
i worked as a nursing assistant in a hospital.
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From: michellehaseena
2007-05-13 04:23 am (UTC)
How did you get this job?
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From: so_typically_me
2007-05-13 04:59 am (UTC)
i looked on hospital websites and applied for the job
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[User Picture]From: kballgetlost
2007-05-29 08:41 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem as you with a bad back so no heavy lifting. However I got my EMT certification anyway because as an EMT you can work in hospitals as a patient care technician or an ER tech. I believe is also qualifies you for nursing assistant jobs. So you don't actually have to be an EMT...the certification helps though!
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[User Picture]From: freelancenerve
2007-07-24 05:41 pm (UTC)
Well, this is three month's from when you posted, but maybe you still need ideas so I'll tell you what I'm doing:

I had the most horrible time trying to do the Emt thing, as it turns out I live in perhaps the only area in existence with such an overabundance of EMTs that they don't jump on a new volunteer. I spent like six months trying to volunteer someplace and then just gave up.

Right now, I'm working as a CNA at a long-term care facility for Psych patients. I care the truly sick and demented so even though we only have 35 residents I get to see a whole lot of different illnesses from organic mood disorder to sick sinus syndrome.

I'm also in process of setting up volunteering at my local hospice and at the hospital down the street from me.
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