Quote from rdw17603
I have interviews next week with Bayada Nurses and PSA Healthcare and would like any and all feedback anyone has on either of these companies. What is the interview like? Is the company flexible? How is the pay rate? Basically, would you recommend working for them and why or why not? Also, if you work for another pediatric private duty nursing company that you really like, what is the name of that company? I am from Pennsylvania, but would like to receive feedback from anyone who has information.
Thank you SO MUCH for your help!!!
I have no familiarity with Bayada. PSA has a bad reputation in general around the USA. My personal knowledge: a local PSA nurse we knew was accused of medicaid fraud because PSA improperly took care of the paperwork. She had to hire her own lawyer to fight it! However, I also know another local nurse at PSA who likes it and has no problems so far, BUT the pay is the worst I have ever heard of for RN private duty. She gets $18/hr. (I am in the Southeast USA.)
I have mixed feelings about Maxim. Basically my experience with them has been good, except for the "office guys" who do the scheduling are VERY incompetent! I worked for a mom and pop agency that had a wonderful personal touch and concern for their nurses, but unfortunately the owners retired and sold to a big national company (Southern Home) and things changed.
Sadly, my interviews at private duty agencies were not even really interviews. Basically, if you had a heartbeat, a RN license, and passed the background check - the only question was "when can you start?". I say sadly, because you are going into private homes and the cases are typically pediatric. There should be more personal assessment of the nurses working these cases! Are they professional? Does their personality match peds? Etc.
In theory, doing private duty through an agency is suppose to be very flexible! Flexibility, in fact, is often promoted as a benefit by these companies. But that has not been my personal experience. The families of these pts can be very "needy" and can freak out when you need time off. Then if your agency is not good at finding back up help to cover you when you need off, the family is left high and dry. The family is ultimately responsible for their loved one, but this can put pressure on the nurse. Both the family and agency can be manipulative - by that I mean begging and pleading you to work. You can find yourself working more than you'd like too unless you have backbone and self-assertiveness. Perhaps this is not typical, but it has been my experience. I have recently switched to prn/perdiem status because I needed flexibility that I was not getting when I was consistently assigned to work one case.