i read a post last week by a nurse who was very angry about this test. apparently, a number of travel nurse agencies use it to weed out nurses. they, or hospitals they place traveling nurses in, administer it within days of the traveling nurse coming to their facility. if the nurses doesn't "pass" the test, their contracts are terminated and they are sent back home. i'm not sure what the criteria is for passing this test. however, i did some searching and found a few things about it. it was initially developed as an assessment tool to evaluate the critical thinking skills and competencies of new graduate nurses by a nursing educator who seems to have some esteem in the field. here is some of the information i have:
pbds (performance based development system)
(pbds) was created by dorothy del bueno of performance management services. this is a commercially available customized competency assessment process that uses a variety of methods to address the following three areas of competence: critical thinking abilities, interpersonal communication skills, and technical skills. a nurse's individual responses are compared to criteria and performance standards developed by the hospital.
dr. del beuno is an international leader in skill's testing and competency. she has been quoted as stating that 80% of nurses are not competent to practice upon graduation. it costs $5k to train each nurse once they are hired.
"the use of the performance based development system (pbds) model was refined for nursing orientation. pbds is a customized competency assessment process that evaluates an individual's ability to perform work processes and skills based on cognitive, affective and psychomotor performance designed by dr. dorothy del bueno. pbds meets jcaho and other regulatory agency standards. nursing areas conducted a needs analysis to assist in planning for educational programs. a goal was realized in 2004 when the organization was able to provide on-line educational offerings." from http://www.slrmc.org/nursing/nursing...portfy2005.pdf
- st. luke's regional medical center department of nursing annual report, 2004.
- information about the pbds and the kinds of questions asked on it
- primary tool kit of competency measures for new nurses. lists of competencies required and how they can be evaluated. the pbds test is mentioned extensively as one of the tools used. from the foundation for nursing excellence in north carolina
if you want to hear the horror stories about other nurses experiences with this test and getting terminated from their jobs, do a search of the forums for "pbds". i wouldn't recommend it though. you're only going to feel worse. if you are past your probationary period, your job should be secure. what i've learned about this test is that when it is used to dismiss employees it is done very early in their employment, not months later. since you've already taken the test once, you know what's going to be asked. can you remember enough to know what kind of resources you need to get your hands on to study up for it?