PSA Healthcare in Florida - page 2
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Hello everyone, I'm a new grad and as you all know, it's pretty hard to find a job without experience. I live in south Florida. I applied to PSA Healthcare because they hire new grads and offer training. I've heard good and... Read More
- 1Aug 29, '12 by PCzoonursePSA was the first agency I worked for as a new nurse. I worked for about eight months with them. Legit company. Pay check every week through direct deposit. Scheduling super flexible. I loved it, and only left because I needed hospital experience, and benefits. The pay was measly but I could live. $19 an hour as a new RN with BSN. They do not give raises from what I have heard. I heard about them through a friend who was an LPN who worked for them over 15 years before doing her RN (we met during school). When she did her RN we both were making the same amount of money. She wanted to move up, and do office work since she was with the company so long-- hard to move up in the company. They hired someone else for the office position. Who knows maybe she needed some other qualifications.
Anyhow so now Im a nurse 2 years in. Still at my hopsital job. But going back to school, so I want to cut back at the hospital and do a light duty somewhere else. FYI, the work at PSA especially the two cases I had. It was like babysitting. Everything in me is trying to find something that was awful and honestly it was easy work. Feed baby, play with baby, oh baby is sleeping, and give meds if any. Which is why I think they hire new grads, and new grads start at level one. Fresh out of school most RN's "should" be able to handle a level one. N before you take any case you can have orientation to get a feel of what your day/night would be like. So you dont walk in blind. I think higher levels have trachs and vents.
So I try to go back after 2 years, no interview, they want me to work. Sweet. Go in to sign papers, and they tell me oh the pay is now $18/hr. Something something I cant remember about pay decrease across the board etc.. I say thank you but I cant do that, I can work an extra shift at the hospital, I will not do $18. Thats not being arrogant, but how can as a new nurse I make $19, and now coming from a step down unit with 2 years exp I settle for 18...I was honestly thinking they would up my level (acuity), and give me at least $20. But there was no price negotiation. I would have settled for 19 again. So In closing. I loved working for them. If you need a job work for them as well regardless of pay. But if you have experience I would say shop around.
- 2Sep 20, '12 by owlRN01I just accepted a job with PSA and have yet to go through training and orientation. I am so excited to get started that I can barely contain myself!!!! lol I am a new grad and the pay rate here in Jacksonville is $18 an hour. Yes that is low but hey, can't complain as I will be getting experience and it will pay the bills. The people in the office are very nice. The interview process was laid back which really helped me feel at ease in answering their questions. We had to take an exam on Peds health and medications/dosage calculations. It was pretty basic but I would brush up on vitals and emergency situations. I say go for it if you get an interview and a job offer. It seems like the job market is REALLY bad for new grads so get your experience any way you can
- 0Sep 21, '12 by cookiss777Hello royam1984, I got a call from PSA here in NJ and will soon have an interview with a panel. I would like to know how your interview went? And what were the usual questions?
The HR also talked about having to undergo a training as well next month. Then from there, they will assess my skills if I qualify for the job. Was the hiring process on your case the same as that?
- 0Sep 23, '12 by owlRN01The interview was a group interview. After the test we were asked basic questions like why do you want to work with kids, why would you be a good fit, what are your past experiences, what did you like/not like about your last job...ect.
They do pay for orientation but the pay drops down by $3 an hour and then after orientation and training your pay goes back up to the normal level.
I am a BSN RN and my starting pay is $18 an hour but from what I can tell it is different across the country so will most likely be different for everyone.
- 0Sep 24, '12 by HellooNurse90Yes, I went through a group interview. It was barely an interview at all. We all introduced ourselves and the interviewer told us what we could expect, which was watching videos about the company, asking and answering questions, and being assessed on our skills.In my interview we weren't asked any hard questions. One question was "What attracted you to PSA Healthcare"? It was mostly just a conversation between everyone.For our skills assessment we were asked to demonstrate CPR for an infant, child and adult. Then she showed us a type of G tube that the company used for their peds. She demonstrated how to change the tube and then we were asked to return demonstration. At the end we took a 25 question assessment on drugs, dosage calculation and other ped stuff. It was pretty easy. I think if you did well on the test you were made a contingent offer. 4 out of 5 of us were hired and completed paperwork that day.It was a pretty east job to get. I'm an LPN and was offered $15. I don't know what the two RN BSN were offered. 3 of us were new graduates.