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    What's the most interesting job you've had?

    What kind of interesting, funny, unusual jobs have you had?

    Probably my most interesting and fun one is as a simulated patient at the medical school. I've had bronchitis, sciatica, GERD, blood clots, mental illness and given birth to (and nursed) fake babies! All in the name of educating our country's new doctors!

    I was also a production assistant for "That's Incredible!" in the '80s. My job was to follow the director with a clipboard just in case he wanted to write something down. He never did.

    Working at a dry cleaner was the grossest - people leave nasty stuff in their pockets, let me tell you!

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    That patient simulation sounds extremely fun, MollyRose. Were you instructed on how to behave according to each ailment assigned? When you pretended you had a mental illness, did you costume yourself or develop a persona?

    I actually remember "That's Incredible!" I enjoyed that show as a kid. You know how sometimes you just remember things and those things take up highly-priced oceanfront property in your mind? Why do I remember the full name of "Fran Tarkenton"? Ack, spontaneous human combustion! A scary episode, indeed.

    My current job is highly interesting and fun. It's certainly the most personally rewarding job I've had. I teach at a community college. Recently, though, a student wrote an essay and entitled it "The Monster." It was about his interaction with me.

    Before that I was a ... *insert taboo job here*. I wish I could discuss it openly, but ya' never know who reads these things and puts two and two together.

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    hmmm. I've had a few. The most interesting though .....
    When I was a teenager I had a job with a few friends as a maid in a hotel notorious for rock stars staying there.
    It was interesting (to say the least) to find what was left in their tracks.
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    Well before working as a Crime Scene Investigator in Las Vegas, I was a stripper.......
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    Shayla, now you have peaked my curiosity! Spy? Nude dancer? Narc? hmmm.......

    The simulated patient gig is a very fun one and it pays pretty well too. At our university they have a list of people on-call, most have done local acting but not all. Then when they have a case they are testing students on that fits my general "type" they call to see if I'm available. If so they send a script telling me who I am - where'd I grow up? am I married? where do I work? what do I do for fun? what's wrong with me now? Then I go in and practice a few times with other actors who are portraying the same character. On the test or classroom day we just go in and "be" that person going to the doctor. If it's a test we also grade the students on how they do.

    It's a great program and the emphasis is on teaching med students to be caring, compassionate doctors who actually listen to their patients and treat them respectfully. I think all major medical schools have programs like this, so if you're interested you should call one near you and see how they hire people. Some schools only use "professional" actors, but ours will hire anyone who can do the job.

    Also, if you're willing to do pelvic exams (girls) or uro-genital exams (boys) you can make BIG bucks! Also you can put on your resume that you're a professional a**hole!

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    Too late. I'm already an a**hole.

    The patient simulation sounds extremely fun, though there aren't any medical schools in my town. Oregon Health Sciences is somewhat nearby, so if I'm ever hurting for cash, I'll check it out. Did you ever see the Simpsons episode where Homer and Bart pretend to be lepers (after they're fooled into thinking they are and then realize they're not)?
    Shayla, now you have peaked my curiosity! Spy? Nude dancer? Narc? hmmm.......
    You've fallen right into my trap. *rubs hands together and cackles*

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    I had three jobs in the same hospital that I thought were all interesting.

    I was a Transport Specialist. I took patients form anywhere in the hospital to any other place in the hospital. I got to meet some very interesting people(those that worked there and those that were patients). I also had Morgue duty. Patients do not get there on their own.

    I was a Telemetry Tech. I watch up to 36 hearts beat at a time looking for irregularities and informing the nurses and doctors of emergencies. This job was wait, wait, wait SCRAMBLE, wait wait wait. Very exciting at times and always interesting seeing the unending oddities of different people's heart rhythms.

    I was a Health Unit Coordinator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I was all over the unit every day and got to do so many things there. I got to hold, feed, diaper tiny babies. I got to catalogue and organize all kinds of medical equipment. It is amazing how much stuff it takes to keep a baby that weighs less than a pound alive. I saw babies that weighed anywhere from a little less than 1(one)lb. to 13(thirteen)lbs. There were so many success stories and far far fewer sad stories. It was a great experience.
    It occurred to me that no matter how bleak things might seem at times, at least I have a head. ----Stargazer

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    I was the Guess Your Weight and Age girl at an amusement park for a few summers. I was really good at that, actually.

    I also worked in PR for a riverboat cruise company, and had some really interesting and weird experiences on the Mississippi River (with some really interesting and weird people).

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    I retired recently from being a college cheerleading coach for 10 yrs, that was a blast! Sort of like herding squirrels sometimes 24 co-ed college students..

    I loved being a cheer camp instructor while I was in college, and a camp counselor that was a lot of fun too!

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    Originally posted by Shayla
    Before that I was a ... *insert taboo job here*. I wish I could discuss it openly, but ya' never know who reads these things and puts two and two together.
    Shayla, you have to spill it. Didn't anyone tell you about the "No Teasing" rule?

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