Quote from lmp148
That is just too funny. I can't believe, or actually I can, that they would say something that stupid. The only thing that's going to work for someone in that much pain is medication. Forget the mood lighting. Thanks for the samples. I'm going to Bedford, TX to work at Harris Methodist and have to take the PBDS. I have been a nurse for 16 yrs and have traveled before, but never had to take this test. For the first time I have test anxiety. I'm an ER nurse and I understand there is no version of the PBDS for the ER, that they use the Med/Surg test.
I seem to remember them telling me there was a critical care PBDS, but again... don't hold me to that.
I too have never experienced test anxiety before; I was sweating bullets with this one, and left that day certain
The computer test wasn't difficult to understand what was wrong and what to do--- it was how it was set up that made it hard.
One of the things I was told it's supposed to measure is experience; however, IMO it would be easier for a new grad. They tend to think in a linear fashion and can list by rote 'do this, this, this, this...'.
The way this was set up, I watched a short video and had to diagnose the problem (that was easy). Then in one column, I had to list what I'd do; in the next I had to list what I anticipated the doc to do; then in the next I had to list why I did what I did, why the doc did what he did, etc.
And I was given 8 minutes from start to finish. I know what to do in those scenarios; I KNOW I know. The difference between someone who has some experience and a new grad is that when faced with something like that, I'm doing many things all at once. It's second nature, and while I know why and how to proceed, I just don't stop to go over all that in my head as I do it. Does that make sense?
So I had to type out what was happening (and for me, that was evident rather soon into the video--- I was kind of upset I had to sit and watch the whole thing, wasting valuable time)... then I had to sit and actually deconstruct all the things I knew I'd be doing for that patient. One at a time, and then type out the rationale, for even the most obvious actions. I was told to be as detailed as possible. I couldn't just say 'get vital signs'. I had to list which ones and why I was doing it (and I'm not a fast typist, either ... more of the 'hunt and peck' variety lol)
And the whole time I'm doing that, I'm watching the timer on the computer ticking down. By the end of the class, I was near tears.