Bayada Nurses or PSA Healthcare - page 3

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,... Read More

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    Agree that the pay offered to you is low since you are an RN. Depending on the area, RNs are usually offered at a minimum, $24 an hour for home health extended care. PSA and Maxim have poor reputations and are not recommended unless you are desperate for work. If you could go with Bayada, they generally have a good reputation. Good luck.

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    Quote from BabyNurseBecky
    Hi magnum68. I know your message was sent to Suichi, but I just wanted to let you know that I interviewed, and accepted a position, with PSA Healthcare. I will be working for them full-time for the next month and then PRN after I start my new dream job!!

    Anyway, everything with PSA has gone well so far. They pay a little better than some of the other home health agencies in my area too, so that is nice.

    Let me know if you have any questions!
    Hi BabyNurseBecky, I live in PA too and I am scheduled for the interview with PSA healthcare. After reading all the comments from this thread regarding PSA healthcare, I have a second thought of getting this job. I am a new graduate nurse and it's so hard to find a job right now so I thought I might give this a try. I hope you can help me with all my questions regarding this company, i just want to have some insight about this job. How was the interview? Do you still work with them and how did you like it? how much did they pay per hour? Can you pls tell us how was your typical day at work?

    Anybody who have worked for PSA healthcare, pls discuss your experience with them.

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    Try a search of the site for opinions of PSA. They are there.
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    I am a new grad, and I had gone EVERYWHERE filling out applications. I went to nursing homes, hospitals, HH's...everywhere imaginable. On a Saturday afternoon I get a phone call from a HH agency and i was stoked!! She asked me if I could go in Monday morning for an interview, and I thought, "yes!finally!" So I go in, and this DON was talking a million miles a minute and I had no idea what she was talking about. She never mentioned private duty or anything but kept mentioning "shifts". I was confused bc i thought HH nurses did visits. Anywho, she never "offered" me the position, rather she just walked me to HR to fill out paperwork. She didn't even discuss pay with me or anything! I know I could've/should've stood up for myself, but i was so confused at this point. I went to orientation the next day and after all the boring videos was sent to her office again, where she proceeded to tell me about the pt i was going to be visiting. She didn't tell me the hours or anything, until i finally asked her wth was going on. I was to report to pts house the next morning with my preceptor. Ok, i thought, cool. I 'm starting already! I showed up the following morning, only to find my preceptor was a noshow. I called the office at 830 and .....get this.....they tell me to ADMINISTER THE MORNING MEDS! and wait for a nurse to show!! umm...that would be a negative! i just got my lisence, i'm not about to lose it without even getting my first paycheck!! so needless to say, I trained with them for 2 days and bailed. It wasn't for me. Then I got a phone call from PSA. I really wasn't feeling this private duty thing, but the more i think about it, the better it is. I'm planning on doing my LVN to RN transition through the college network. I've read an alarming amount of negative remarks regarding PSA but it sounded alright. The pay isnt the best, but right now, either noone is hiring, or their pay is "alright". At this point, I just need to take what comes my way. I'll be furthing my education and hopefully finishing the RN program within the year. My official interview is tomorrow, so we'll see how that goes.
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    oh, and i forgot to mention that when i went in to the HH agency to quit the DON was completely RUDE and unprofessional! She started off by asking me "what the heck is your problem?!" Strike one. Then she tells me that she has "chingos" (im in south texas, chingos means a lot) of applications, so i thought "why so upset that i'm quitting then?" strike two. finally, she proceeds to tell me that "real nurses like whatever they do wherever they are" strike 3. I wasn't happy there, and I knew that the pts mom ( pt was 7 mo old) was really looking for someone to be a permanent fixture, and I knew that wasn't going to be me, so why waste mom's time and my own?? If i was a nurse that only cared about a paycheck, then i would've stuck around, but i have morals and a conscious. I thought she was completely and utterly unprofessional.
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    So you have had problems finding a nursing job and when you finally get one you quit on the first day on the job. Sure it might have be "unprofessional" but even having a little experience will give you an advantage.

    I'm not really seeing what was unacceptable about asking you to administer the medication. Sure you had medication administration at school and you could have always verified with the mother. When I did pediatric home health I never had a preceptor. The parents give you the run down on the case and the first day is always the hardest but it's not complicated.

    Also I would think not administering the medication as order when you are on duty would be more ricky than administering them without a preceptor there. You have a license you are qualified to administer medications within your scope of practice.
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    I have other offers, and am actually starting somewhere this coming week. I wouldn't quit if I didn't have a back up plan. I did do med administration in school and yes mom could give me a rundown and I know I am qualified, but I was taught to not administer meds or even touch the patient without researching first. Atleast knowing something about the patient, SOMETHING about the meds being given. Excuse me for wanting to protect my license. With everyone I spoke to, they all told me I did the right thing by not administering the meds. (all nurses) I am lucky enough to not have to worry about the financial aspect of it all. I didn't "need" the paycheck. I do it because I love it. I wasn't happy, so I quit. I do believe that's my decision to make and not have to worry about someone calling me out on it.
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    To me you complained about your workplace being unprofessional yet you abandoned a patient after accepting the assignment. To me that is unprofessional.

    You "research" the patient by assessing them and you "research" the medications by reading the MAR. You should have a good enough knowledge of pharmacology to safely administer medication. Your never going to be able to do med cards on a patient the same way you did in school. You had the mother there for a secondary source of data. In pediatric private duty that's about as good as it gets. Most agencies promise orientation on the case but never actually provide it.

    You posted your decision on a public bulletin board. If you didn't want to be called out on it why post in public. I understand it wasn't a good case. I've been there turned down a case but not on my first day on the job. and I never left early from a shift.
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    ok. i did NOT abandon my patient and i did NOT bail early. I went in after my 2nd day and resigned my position. I stuck to the 2 days of training that I had been given thus far, and at that point, I already knew that I did not want to be there. Yes, I posted on a public bulletin and I understand that you can say what you wish. I was simply venting.
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    fkpecina- obviously you and the person who interviewed you were talking about two different jobs and somehow got all the way through the orientation process and out to the patient's home without having the confusion rectified.

    I see the communication breakdown on both sides. The reason she kept mentioning "shifts" is because she assumed you knew the job was taking care of the patient for a shift, not a visit. Two completely different jobs.

    The way you were interviewed, sent to orientation and interviewed again is actually quite a bit less slipshod than my interview process for private duty. They do expect that you know what they are talking about, which is why I'm glad my first job out of the gate was not in a Home Health Agency. There are too many gaps that you will be expected to fill, they will not do it. It can be very much "sink or swim" with some agencies. She should've taken into consideration you are a new grad, but I got no form of hand-holding whatsoever when I started that type of job.

    In an ideal world you will have an orientation by a nurse already on the case, but it can be done by a parent who is the child's primary caregiver. There should be a chart at the home with the Plan of Care in it, which in about 20 minutes will tell you their diagnosis, history etc. Since your DON thought you understood that it was for a shift, that meant that for those hours the parent will have to scramble to find care for the child with no notice. That's why she was rude, I imagine- but her rude tone was uncalled for as well.
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