PSA Healthcare in Florida - page 2

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... Read More

  1. by   HellooNurse90
    I was hired at PSA last week and they offered me $15/hr. I haven't attended orientation yet or any kind of training. Do they pay you for attending those?
  2. by   Blackcat99
    My guess is that no they don't pay for orientation. The other 2 agencies in my city that pay only $15 an hour for LPN's do not pay for orientation either.
  3. by   cookiss777
    Hi HellooNurse90,

    Did u went thru a group interview, too? What are we supposed to do in what they call as the "Assessment Center"? Is that some kind of a training & return demonstration sort of thing?

    Is the $15/hour for RNs with BSN? That is way too low for a BSN RN.
  4. by   Blackcat99
    I thought they were paying only the LPN's $15 an hour. Are they now only offering RN's $15 an hour too?
  5. by   owlRN01
    The 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.
  6. by   Blackcat99
    Thank God I left private duty nursing. Only $18 an hour for a BSN RN!!!!! I am an LPN and just got a new job at LTC. I will be making $22 an hour.
  7. by   HellooNurse90
    Yes, 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.
  8. by   owlRN01
    I agree that $22 dollars an hour sounds wonderful but I just can't bring myself to work in LTC. Usually the nurses have close to 30 patients and spend all of their time passing out medications. I really do like old folks too so it's not that. I just can't see being happy with that many patients. That sounds stressful. I wish that it wasn't like that
  9. by   Blackcat99
    I agree. LTC is total hell. However, I did find some things in private duty nursing that were very stressful for me. Lots of family members living in the home. I always had family members around watching me like a hawk. I was never alone with the patient. The patients mother was always telling me what to do and how to do it. I was never allowed to make any decisions whatsoever. When the patient was in the hospital I had no paycheck. I also worried that maybe his mother would decide to get rid of me at any time. Even though LTC is total hell, I don't have to worry about not having a steady paycheck. I had belonged to 3 different private duty nursing agencies and the only other work they had available for me was always in towns located 2 hours away from me. They never had any work available in my area even though they had told me when I got hired "Don't worry. We always have plenty of cases in your area."
  10. by   owlRN01
    Yeah ...I can see some aspects of private duty that would be stressful. As you said parents watching you like a hawk and telling you when and how to do every little thing. While I welcome suggestions easily; I could see that getting very old I am also worried about having a steady paycheck so I am always on the lookout for a different job even if it is just part time to supplement
  11. by   Maya2013
    I know this is an old post, but I had to reply ...

    NewGoalRN ... You got the pay thing TOTALLY WRONG..... I'm a new BSN grad, I get paid $16, I work night shift, I have worked weekends and THERE IS NO DIFFERENTIAL FOR WEEKENDS OR NIGHT. It is $16/hour ALWAYS.

    As far as choosing .... You don't get many options 1, max 2.

    As far as refusing ... BE CAREFUL .... If you refuse, they stop calling you. I have a friend that had this problem.
  12. by   Maya2013
    One more thing about PSA:

    As a new grad BSN, you must work at least 24 hrs/week for 6 MONTHS before they increase your pay to $18/hour.
    And $18/hour was told is the highest YOU WOULD EVER MAKE WITH THEM.

    So, if you interview & get hired ... GET IT IN WRITING !!!! Because when paycheck time comes .... You will have issues.

    One good thing about PSA though, they hire new grads, but after basic training, you're on your own.

    If you workd the day shift, you can call the Clinical Director which makes you feel stupid for asking questions.
    If you work the night shift, you have to leave a message and guess what???? .... THEY DON'T ALWAYS RETURN YOUR CALL.
    So, I guess if you have a new grad question which according to them you should know, you probably won't get a call.
  13. by   nekozuki
    I am interviewing with PSA tomorrow. The recruiter who came to my school was pretty straightforward about it: That the pay is low, doesn't go up, no raises, but since they hire new grads, she understands that most people do it for a year of experience and then jump ship. I appreciated how honest they were, and former classmates who worked for them didn't have any complaints (since they knew what they were getting into). I'm an LPN currently taking pre-reqs for my RN, so it seems like a good fit, plus I have a regular job I can pick up shifts at when times are lean.

    As far as all the opinions on confusion, office politics and other crappy aspects, thanks for the honesty! It's good to hear about the dark side and prepare myself for life not being peachy keen just because I have a job.

    One of my clinical instructors works for a nicer HH agency, but I can't go until I get a year of experience. Here's hoping I can stick it out!