Cleveland Clinic RN assessments

  1. I recently accepted an RN position with the Cleveland Clinic and am in the process of preparing for a Basic ECG Test, a Medication Math Test, and a PBDS assessment.

    Has anyone gone through this process with the Clinic before that can give me some insight? I'm curious in knowing how difficult these tests are and what I can do to prepare to ensure that I perform at my best.


    Thank You!
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   OUxPhys
    How is the physical capability test? I graduate next May and I am considering working for the clinic (Ive done two clinicals there as well). Im sure the med math test is just basic math for dosage. What is the PBDS assessment?
  4. by   ChipNurse
    The physical capability test is easy. Just take it seriously and push and pull as hard as you can. It will feel really difficult as the harder to push, the more resistance is added.
  5. by   blizzard281
    I didn't think the physical capability test was too difficult. You use an isokinetic machine and kick as hard as you can against resistance and then pull up and down as hard as you can against resistance with your arm extended. The machine automatically adjusts how much resistance it gives you based on how hard you are pulling, so the test itself never seems "easy". However, I passed without an issue, as I'm sure most people do.

    The med math test was very basic. I found it to be MUCH easier than any of the dosage tests I had in nursing school.

    The PBDS was more difficult. It has a couple sections. The first section had you rate certain scenarios as something you would need to take care of immediately, something you should do by the end of your shift, or something you could leave for the next shift, and then give your reasoning. The second section focused on startling comments patients or coworkers would say to you and you have to type back what your response would be to the comments. The third section gave 14 different short videos of patients. For each patient, you had to "diagnose" what you think their main medical issue is and then say what interventions you would do and give rationales for each. Most of them were complications and no longer stable patients. This section really focused on critical thinking.

    I hope that answers your questions! Let me know if anything is unclear.
  6. by   OUxPhys
    What floor will you be on? I just wrapped up my second clinical there.
  7. by   blizzard281
    OUxPhys, I will be in one of the MICUs.
  8. by   _Skittles_
    Do you take all of the assessments before beginning the job or do you take some of the assessments during orientation?
  9. by   blizzard281
    I am in one of the MICUs.
  10. by   blizzard281
    You take all of the assessments before beginning the job. That way orientation is more efficient and focuses on the things you need more work on, as shown by the assessments.
  11. by   _Skittles_
    I don't know if you an answer this but income tax. When you work at the cleveland clinic do you pay income tax to both the city of cleveland (because you work there) and the city you live in or do you only have to pay to the city you live in? Also is the money you pay for your health insurance taxable or do you pay that before they take taxes out? I asked a couple different people when i was apt hunting and got completely different answers :-/
  12. by   OUxPhys
    Blizzard are you a new grad?
  13. by   AgentBeast
    Quote from _Skittles_
    I don't know if you an answer this but income tax. When you work at the cleveland clinic do you pay income tax to both the city of cleveland (because you work there) and the city you live in or do you only have to pay to the city you live in? Also is the money you pay for your health insurance taxable or do you pay that before they take taxes out? I asked a couple different people when i was apt hunting and got completely different answers :-/
    You pay income tax at the city of Cleveland Rate of 2% (or if at one of the regional hospitals at that cities rate.) Then at the end of the year you "pay" income taxes to your municipality. I put pay in quotes because the amount you end up having to pay or not pay depends on your municipality of residence. Different cities have different tax rates, and offer different % credit levels for taxes paid to the city you work in during the year. https://www.ritaohio.com/resources/tax-rates-tables/

    Health Insurance costs and your own contributions to the 403(b) retirement plan are all pretax (taken out before taxes are calculated).
  14. by   BlueChocolateCat
    I just accepted a job offer from the Clinic in one of the cardiovascular ICUs. I am a new grad , so I know this is going to be tough but do-able. I'm very excited!

    I have some of the pre-employment testing coming up soon. I'm nervous about being able to pass the fitness test, specifically the shoulder as I do not have a lot of upper body strength. I do workout pretty regularly (I'm a female and I can even do a good amount of real pushups on my toes)... but I'm still not particularly strong. Any advice?

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