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Etruscan

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So with my semester ending in two weeks, I've been thinking about what type of clinical experience I want to get involved with and comit to. My local hospital allows volunteering, but I'm not sure how much clinical experience that would give me considering I may end up out of the only steralyzing ..

I've been thinking about taking the EMT-B course at my university to become certified which would allow for long-time clinical experience as well as possible volunteering.

Or volunteering at the local NODA/red-cross

I'm not sure which direction to go in, I have multiple opportunities but not the widest array possible from a semi-rural environment.

Any tips to point me in the right direction would be wonderful :confused:
 

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Maybe you should try to think of what would be the most meaningful experience. maybe if you volunteer at the hospital for a while they'll let you move into something different? You could call our email them to ask what opportunities they have available.
 

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Maybe you should try to think of what would be the most meaningful experience. maybe if you volunteer at the hospital for a while they'll let you move into something different? You could call our email them to ask what opportunities they have available.


This cannot be emphasized enough. Pick the extracurricular that's the most meaningful to you. It's the one that's going to carry you the furthest. If you land an interview and can't back up why you did it other than "it's good clinical experience", you're not going to get that admission spot.

Make sure you can connect with why you're doing this and how it relates to your passion.
 
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This cannot be emphasized enough. Pick the extracurricular that's the most meaningful to you. It's the one that's going to carry you the furthest. If you land an interview and can't back up why you did it other than "it's good clinical experience", you're not going to get that admission spot.

Make sure you can connect with why you're doing this and how it relates to your passion.

Thanks for the insight,
I have been volunteering at the local animal shelter for quite some time, which I intend to remain doing, but I am not getting clinical experience through the shelter. (Unless kittens count as patients?? Then I'm certainly near enough to 'smell' them :laugh:)
I'm interested in becomming certified as an EMT in the basic course this summer, which would give me the opportunity to recieve the clinical experience, potential volunteer work or a little $$, and count as a decent EC all together....if I stick to it.
I've just got to decide where to go from here...I'm of indecisive nature.
 

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Thanks for the insight,
I have been volunteering at the local animal shelter for quite some time, which I intend to remain doing, but I am not getting clinical experience through the shelter. (Unless kittens count as patients?? Then I'm certainly near enough to 'smell' them :laugh:)
I'm interested in becomming certified as an EMT in the basic course this summer, which would give me the opportunity to recieve the clinical experience, potential volunteer work or a little $$, and count as a decent EC all together....if I stick to it.
I've just got to decide where to go from here...I'm of indecisive nature.

What year are you? From starting EMT class to actually getting to volunteer, you might expect it to take around a year.

If you haven't yet had experience in a hospital, I would consider starting with that. At least see what it's like, even if it's just for the summer. You can even do that while taking your EMT cert course.
 

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Having your EMT doesn't guarantee a job anymore, especially with more EMT programs than there used to be depending on the area where you live. I would recommend researching the field first to see if there are volunteer agencies in your area (incl. their requirements, etc) and go from there. At one point in time having an EMT cert was good enough for ECs, this is simply not the case anymore. I agree with volunteering at the local hospital, but don't presume anything about being able to actually work there. Good luck.
 
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