Bayada Nurses or PSA Healthcare
- 0Jun 18, '09 by BabyNurseBeckyI 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!!!
- 1Jun 18, '09 by caliotter3Have read positive comments about Bayada on this site. However, PSA has a bad reputation. In my area they were known for having legal problems and hiring brand new nurses with no experience. Have read other negative comments about them. I would put them at the bottom of my list, along with Maxim Healthcare Services.
- 1Jun 18, '09 by ArwenEvenstarQuote from rdw17603I 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 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 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.
- 0Jun 26, '09 by SuichiHi rdw17603!
How were your interviews? I have an interview next week with PSA but I'm not sure anymore if I should work for them after I read all the negative posts. My nursing background is NICU but it has been four years since I last worked as a nurse. Please let me know how you decided and if you can give me any information on the interview questions.
- 0Jun 27, '09 by BabyNurseBeckyI only had the interview at PSA so far. My Bayada interview is being rescheduled because of an audit or something. The PSA interview went well and the manager I met with was very nice. I am just waiting to hear back that my criminal history check came back negative (which it will - it's just a technicality). The test at PSA wasn't bad and they said it was no pressure because it is simply a way to tell where each applicant is with regard to their knowledge.
However, in the meantime, my dream job came open and I interviewed for that position on Friday. I am really hoping I get that one. I would be so happy!!
- 0Jun 27, '09 by SuichiThat is wonderful - good luck regarding your dream job!!! I applied at Bayada too but they were looking for nurses with recent nursing experience.
PSA didn't inform me about a test - should I brush up on specific meds and calculations? Any information would be helpful...
- 0Jun 28, '09 by BabyNurseBeckyMy test didn't have any math questions. Honestly, the questions were, for the most part, common sense. There were matching and true and false. There were a few that threw me, but overall, they really weren't bad. I have been out of nursing for more than a year and didn't find them all that challenging. Good luck!!
- 0Jul 1, '09 by SuichiI had my Interview on Monday with PSA (don't ask me where the time went but the whole Interview process took 2 1/2 hours). You were right about the test but I did have some medication and calculation questions. They were all very friendly and I too have to wait now for my Criminal Background Check. I also got an offer from another company but I am very torn because neither one of them is actually my dream job right now. I'll keep you posted!
Any updates on your job search?