Patient First

  1. Does anyone have any information on Patient First? I know that it is a primary and urgent care center, and I hear that it is a nice place to work. Can anyone tell me about the acuity, the staffing that is typically there, the orientation process, pay, are the other nurses supportive of new grads? Any and all info is welcome. Thank you.
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  3. by   EvelynRN-BSN
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    Does anyone have any information on Patient First? I know that it is a primary and urgent care center, and I hear that it is a nice place to work. Can anyone tell me about the acuity, the staffing that is typically there, the orientation process, pay, are the other nurses supportive of new grads? Any and all info is welcome. Thank you.
    I would like to know the same thing. I have an interview next week! I have read wonderful things about employees at Patient First. I will let you know how the interview goes. I have close to 6 years experience as an RN, specializing in ICU and Cosmetic Surgery/OR. That may play a part in pay scale. We will see and I will let you know and if I get the position I will let you know how it goes there.
    Take Care.
  4. by   MissBrittanyRN
    How did your interview go?
  5. by   EvelynRN-BSN
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    How did your interview go?
    Thanks for asking.
    When I first arrived they gave me paperwork to fill out and an exam to take. I took that and passed. They asked me to wait a few minutes while the interviewer was looking over my paperwork. Then she brought me back to her office and we talked. All went well. She told me what she could pay me per hour, but it was less than what I make if I were working in the hospital, I tried to see if she could go a little higher, but she said she couldn't. At the Cosmetic Surgical Center I get paid really well. When I worked as a Premium PRN Nurse at a LTC facility I got paid $36/hr, which they interviewer said they must have been desperate for the to pay that. I just laughed and I told her that they were not desperate, that is what they pay their Premium PRN Nurses because we have a commitment to work one weekend a month and the a few hours during the week and fill in when needed. They had pay rates for PRN, Premium PRN and Regular FT RN at that place. We were a big help to the LTC that is why they paid us this, not because they were desperate. I think she did not want me to believe that the were desperate when I asked her if she could increase it some. The hospital setting I got paid around $38.56 (includes differential I used to only work nights) The position I applied for is a PRN position, one weekend sat/sun commitment per month, don't get weekend differential only if you work a third weekend each month and on the third and fourth weekend a month you will get a $2.00 differential. But not for the first or second weekend. I thought that was a little strange. Only because I am use to evening shift differential or weekend differential anytime you work it in the hospital. But it is extra money coming in. So she offered me the hourly rate right, then she said that she cannot higher me, but she can offer me the hourly rate, I should hear back from them 1 to 2 weeks from now after they do the professional reference checks and then they will get back to me and they head person at the center I would like to work at will meet with me and then determine if they want to offer me the position or not. So we will see. I thought if they were telling me what they could pay me that they would be offering me the job, but this is not the case. I passed the test. And they did contact some of the professional references. The doctor they contacted told me they text him, emailed him and called him about 50 times in one day (we were in the operating room as this was happening). So I should hear something by the end of next week or the following week. The cosmetic surgery place where I work has asked if I could start coming in on Fridays and seeing all the post op patients and have reps come in so I can start giving Botox and Juvaderm...So we are going to discuss that next week and pay. It will be different from the OR. They pay that patient first offered is good, but I am just used to making more that's all. I just was hoping to find out the same day. I drove 2 hours to get to the corporate office.
    We will see. I will let you know as soon as I know something. And tell you how it is if I start working there. You are to wear casual wear (Navy or white pants) (turtle neck or collared shirt) (white shoes and white lab coat if your cold).
  6. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Patient First Orientation so far is going great!
    The center I am at is a great work place. Everyone has been very nice and helpful.
    I am glad I made the decision to work there.
    So far it is great! A positive work environment.
    I would recommend working at Patient First so far if you given the opportunity.
  7. by   MissBrittanyRN
    Hey there, thanks for the update! I am glad everything is going well for you. I know a couple of MAs who are happy there too. I have been blessed with a great new grad position in the city with an amazing orientation, but I want to soak up all that I can at some point or another in nursing, so perhaps in the future! Best wishes to you, and I hope that your experience remains positive.
  8. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Great for you! You will learn a lot MissBrittany working in the City. Thanks to you as well. I am enjoying it there as a PRN position. As I am a Clinical Nursing Instructor Part Time and work at a Cosmetic Surgery Facility/Medical Boutique which is excellent. Working in the OR and following post ops, from doing laser treatments, Botox, to dermal fillers. Matter of fact I am getting ready to head on over to the Boutique tonight for a Re-open Party with the media being there and a few famous celebrities as well. It will be an eventful night. We are doing this event tonight for a charity.
  9. by   pcsrn1
    Hello, can you tell me what the test (at the interview) involves? Is it a med test? Just want to be prepared because I REALLY would like to do well at my interview in 2 weeks. Thanks so much!
  10. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Yes, it is a medication test. It has anywhere from antibiotics that they would use, dosage calculations, what gauges and length of needles you would use in different muscles and subcutaneous. True/False statements, etc. And some questions regarding type of situations.
  11. by   pcsrn1
    Thanks so much! I really appreciate the info.
  12. by   UrFavoriteNurse
    Evelyn, I am glad you are having a good experience at Patient First. UI have an interview on Thursday. I have 2.5 years MICU experience. If you don't mind me asking, how good is the pay at Patient First?
  13. by   christinacub

    I see this post is old but I typed in Patient First and this came up. I would LOVE to know more specific questions on the test so that I can review. I have been a school nurse so I may be weak on meds. I have applied to a Patient First position and any info on meds that I need to brush up on would be great!! Did the test focus more on adult health or peds? any particular pathophys? Any help would be wonderful. Thankyou so much.
  14. by   mollymaern
    I recently had an interview at Patient First in Maryland. For full time, nurses are required to work 5 7-hour shifts per week. They can be opening (745-3), closing (3-10) or mid-shift (11-6), depending upon how busy the particular site is. Most shifts are either open or closing and you might work both throughout the week (meaning, it does not rotate like the hospital, where you work days for a couple weeks and then evening).

    So when I arrived, they gave me quite a bit of paperwork to complete in addition to a nurse review/quiz, which tests on medications, dosages, routes, (they ask about which gauge to use IM, IV, SQ, etc) as well as signs and symptoms of certain illnesses/emergencies. I had to wait quite a while after my paperwork was completed for my actual interview, but they may have just been busy this particular day. The interview part went well and they do have some nice incentives for nurses. However, at the end of it all, the pay the offered was $6/hour less than my minimum desired salary and $10/hour less than what I currently make. I had to tell the interviewer right there that I simply could not afford to feed my family on such a low salary. I have been a nurse for 4 years, (1.5 years in an ER, 2.5 in a facility for medically fragile children). Maybe I did not have enough experience to warrant more pay, but be aware that you may be offered significantly less than what you might make in a hospital. Just my experience, hope it works out well for anyone else who might be considering applying.