what the HECK is PBDS? - page 5

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   kmartin79
    I took the test for Pitt County on Monday. 8 of us passed the test. Did you have a good review before you went? The only reason that I ask is because my company gave me a review guide and I studied with their nurse educator. Sorry to hear about your misfortune,

    Kristen
  2. by   leerachel38
    I took this test for a hospital in Wilmington, NC. It was awful. I just found out I failed and have to take it again. I am a new grad and was not told about the testing until the first day of orientation...which happened to be one or two days before the test. I have never heard of this kind of testing. I did not get a study session, nor a study guide. I still do not know what I was deficient in to help me when I retake it. I fail to see how this test helps me. I have been given a 6 wk orientation with the failing score. I wonder how long the orientation would be for a new grad who passed the test...3 weeks? That is unacceptable.
  3. by   sjsch
    Can't say what the facility would do as far as length of orientation for a new grad that 'passed' vs 'failed' pbds....

    The purpose of the test (in theory) is to guide the orientation needs of the test taker. If you have a new grad that is a new RN, but has been an LPN on the same unit for 15 years, chances are the PBDS would direct their orientation needs to be different than a brand new nurse. The test reviewers give the facility information on specific areas of knowledge deficit. The facility then gives the designated preceptor areas to focus on when orienting the GN... The preceptor is the one using the information from the test to create a specific orientation tailored to the preceptee. That is how it is supposed to work.

    IMO...GN's don't really 'fail' the test...because they can re-take it, and they keep their job.....

    Travelers on the other hand, unfortunately do fail the test, sometimes as a 'weeding out' process....and that is wrong...unethical...dirty pool...

    I say to travelers...do your very best to prepare yourself... (or pick a different assignment that doesn't use PBDS)

    New grads...PBDS results may give you a more thorough orientation! and that is a bonus...
  4. by   leerachel38
    Crazy enough, I got 6 weeks of orientation...as I previously said. I retook the test and failed again. At that time, I was told that I was supposed to have gotten a 12 week orientation, but I was already on the floor by myself. My preceptor never got the information from the first test and I don't have a preceptor now. Wasn't it just silly for me to have taken the test at all? I think it was a waste of time.
  5. by   icu_nursie76
    Travelinjones-

    please can you give some more info on the pbds test!!!! i am scheduled to take it next week!!! any info would be greatly appreciated!!!!
  6. by   angel4gramma
    I took the PBDS 2 yrs ago. I wasn't told before. Once we were in orientation they told us right before we had to take it. I passed. Just follow their suggestions. Look up other threads on it and study a little.
  7. by   sra27
    I just got a job offer for a position in Florida starting January 4th. I really want to take it because I have a lot of family in Florida and the timing is perfect for me. However, I found out today that THEY REQUIRE PBDS TESTING!! I am scared to death that I will fail it again. To make a long story short, last year I failed it and ended up stranded in North Carolina with no job and no money (after driving all the way from MI).

    I thought I was prepared when I took it last time ( I had several study guides that I had downloaded off the internet). If anyone has any good advice or a really good study guide (is there one that tells you what the scenerios are ahead of time?) Is there a website where I could take a practice version and have it graded beforehand? Please help me. I'm freaking myself out here.
  8. by   NurseJacqui
    What is PBDS?
  9. by   penquin4701911
    I felt sad today when I was fired just because the PBDS test.I don't think I don't have critical thinking when I failed of PBDS test.My coach is satisfied with my performance but the PBDS is the only one way for the hospital to assess you.RN license,CPR and ACLS certificates , many years acute experience and good performance don't make any sense.I hate the test.I don't think I can pass the test even I retake the test another 20 times.I will avoid those hospitals who needs this test.
    Now I know why nurses are so short in TX,one reason is the salary is low,another reason is the PBDS test.Many PBDS hospitals locate in TX.
  10. by   icu_nursie76
    Ahhh I am so sorry to hear the bad news
    But you know everything happens for a reason..... God has a different plan for you!!!! I know it sucks, but just think the hospital just missed out a a great RN because of this IDIOTIC test.
    I to refuse to take a job with PBDS. I was going to take a winter assignment in Plano, TX paying like $53/hr, but as soon as i found out about pbds i said HECK NO....
    If you are interested in working in Cali I can give you a name of a good recruiter, so send me a PM if you are interesred. Also know of some jobs in San Antonio that do not use PBDS. I worked in San Antonio for 9 months and it was AWESOME!!!!
  11. by   icu_nursie76
    Ahhh I am so sorry to hear the bad news
    But you know everything happens for a reason..... God has a different plan for you!!!! I know it sucks, but just think the hospital just missed out a a great RN because of this IDIOTIC test.
    I to refuse to take a job with PBDS. I was going to take a winter assignment in Plano, TX paying like $53/hr, but as soon as i found out about pbds i said HECK NO....
    If you are interested in working in Cali I can give you a name of a good recruiter, so send me a PM if you are interesred. Also know of some jobs in San Antonio that do not use PBDS. I worked in San Antonio for 9 months and it was AWESOME!!!!
  12. by   Enfermera85
    I have seen many ask as I scrolled through this thread (in terror might I add....LOL) so, WHAT IS THE PBDS TEST?

    Secondly, I am gearing up to take an assignment in the end of February in California and would like to know if I ask the hospital about the testing or my recruiter?

    Do NICU's make travelers take this as well and just format it differently or is it the same test regardless of specialty??? Thanks in advance!!!
  13. by   morte

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