what the HECK is PBDS? - page 3

i have seen it mentioned a few times. i have been an RN for 14 years and have NO CLUE! i am not a traveler so maybe it is a travel term?... Read More

  1. by   Misty1
    I was offered a position that requires PBDS... I've been debating weather to accept the position or not .

    Thanks for sharing I think I'll pass and not take the assignment.
  2. by   kdblueey
    If you want to find out what hospitals are doing the PBDS testing and more information about it, do this:

    go to pantravelers.org

    You have to register first, but it's free. After you register. on the left -hand side you will see a link that says: resources; once you click on this, you can either click on the link that says PBDS info, or the other link that will give you all of the states that test and the hospitals.

    Hope this helps.

    Kathy
    dance::innerconf
  3. by   Misty1
    Thanks,

    I've been investigating this test and can't see how it measures knowledge. Maybe if all travelers refuse assignments with pbds the hospitals will stop using it. I've heard a lot of hospitals already have.
  4. by   ERRNTraveler
    Quote from Chica_bella813
    Wow I have heard about those tests...I heard they are really hard. What's so difficult about them. I will make sure I ask for a non pbds testing facility. I wonder if Kaiser in California uses the PBDS???
    Kaiser does NOT use PBDS
  5. by   Fort Worth
    please share the nc hospital name, thanks, i worked at craven, no pbs but it was early last year
  6. by   sra27
    The hospital was Craven in New Bern, NC.

    But....

    I already have another contract! This has got to be the fastest turn around EVER. I'll be working at Civista hospital in La Plata, Maryland.
  7. by   Fort Worth
    So much for going back to Craven. I hate to be cynical but I have heard others here in Az mentio they could not believe they "failed" PBDS, only to hear rumors of excess travelers on board. Contracts are frequently signed in anticipation of needs - if the needs do not remain the hospital has an out if they control the PBDS scoring. It is no a pure objective scoring with absoulute right/wrong answers. If the scoring is contracted out you remove the bias.

    In any case my approach is simple, I will only accept contracts with no PBDS or if they wish I will take it at thier expense at a local facility before signing the contract. It is absurd to move a traveler with the possibility hanging in the air of not being able to start work as agreed.
  8. by   Suzycue37
    Hi..I just wanted to add my two cents about the PBSD test. I ALWAYS ask the recruiter if the hospital requires the test. I've never taken it and never will, even though I've had several recruiters tell me that practically all hospitals will require it in the next few years. I personally can't see that happening if we all stand together on this and just refuse to take it. I find it insulting after passing the boards, working 15+ years with great references and reviews. I don't care if it's just a matter of reciting my ABC's...I won't take it. I've known travelers who have moved into their housing after driving cross country and then being stuck without a job. Sorry for the lost post, but this issue really gets under my skin!
    Suzy
  9. by   rachelgp
    I have to agree with all ya'll. PBDS stinks. I had to take it about 2 weeks after I graduated, and didn't really know what it was all about at the time. I completely agree that it's insulting. Even as a new grad, I found it offensive. Plus, I do not feel that it actually measures competency or knowledge. The way the questions are asked can be misleading, too. I actually passed it, but hated every minute of it. I have been considering getting into traveling, and I do not plan to take it again. Do you think they would make someone take it again who has already passed it? Would they make you take it again at each new facility?
  10. by   cvryder
    I took PBDS at Pitt in Greenville, NC, summer of 2006 and passed, but I think a couple of nurses in my group failed it. My biggest complaint was how it was handled...we were told we'd know first thing next morning and it was well along in the afternoon before anyone found out. It's a very poor assessment, IMO.
  11. by   ERRNTraveler
    Quote from rachelgp
    I have to agree with all ya'll. PBDS stinks. I had to take it about 2 weeks after I graduated, and didn't really know what it was all about at the time. I completely agree that it's insulting. Even as a new grad, I found it offensive. Plus, I do not feel that it actually measures competency or knowledge. The way the questions are asked can be misleading, too. I actually passed it, but hated every minute of it. I have been considering getting into traveling, and I do not plan to take it again. Do you think they would make someone take it again who has already passed it? Would they make you take it again at each new facility?
    It depends on the hospital- some hospitals will accept your passing the test at another facility, some won't.
  12. by   NeoNurseTX
    Ugh, I'm about to go tackle this demon. I am NOT amused after sitting through hospital orientation all week that taught me to say please and thank you..now I have to do this. I'm licensed and have experience with good references. Isn't that enough?
  13. by   skigr
    Jan. 22, 2009
    I am a nurse with 16 yrs experience. I work as a local area agency nurse as house float (MICU, SICU, ER, PACU, Med/surg, tele). I have been doing that for the last 7 yrs. I just took the critical care pbds test at Greenville, NC yesterday and found out that I failed. I am from Ohio and packed everything up for a 13 week assignment in their MICU. My agency (Advantage RN) is sending me home with no job available. I am the horror story that everyone needs to know. Hindsight 20/20.....It is ok to take this exam, however, do it in you own state or just fly to the assignment stay 2 nights and go home after the exam. Get your results at home while you still have a job and do not incur the expenses, time, travel, and inconvienance of moving 4 states away just to move back in 4 days! I was not prepared for the test, I was told it was a trivial standards of care test. I took the exam after driving 12 hours the day before, and the testing facilities were cold and undesirable to say the least. I did not receive any time of results except that I failed (go home). I have no idea how I did, but after preparing to leave home for 13 weeks, 12 hour drive, in a city I know nothing about, taking the exam in a 50 degree trailer in winter. I hope that I spelled my name correctly and got that right. I hope every nurse reads this or hears about it so they are not in the pickle that I am in today. Thank you
    Last edit by ElvishDNP on Jan 22, '09 : Reason: removing email address per TOS

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