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Medicaid paid company, but company didn't pay me! ADVICE PLEASE!!!

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BTW, do not feel that because this employer has roped you around that you should not seek another position in hh, either intermittent visits or extended care. Best to stick with extended care cases until you have your sea legs. Do some asking around to make certain that you are not being cheated regarding your hourly wage. Sixteen hour shifts are acceptable as long as the employer pays you appropriate overtime per labor law in your state. If you are to receive "straight time" for the long shift, you normally are requested to sign a waiver by the employer. From personal experience, I would suggest that you do not waive your right to overtime pay. Best of luck.

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edwardsrn62 has 1 years experience.

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BTW, do not feel that because this employer has roped you around that you should not seek another position in hh, either intermittent visits or extended care. Best to stick with extended care cases until you have your sea legs. Do some asking around to make certain that you are not being cheated regarding your hourly wage. Sixteen hour shifts are acceptable as long as the employer pays you appropriate overtime per labor law in your state. If you are to receive "straight time" for the long shift, you normally are requested to sign a waiver by the employer. From personal experience, I would suggest that you do not waiver your right to overtime pay. Best of luck.

Thank you very much... this was very helpful!!

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I suspect that they may be taking advantage of you wage-wise in regard to your education and credentials. Yes, this is your first nursing job, but that is no reason to offer you CNA or LPN wages. You should not be paid any lower than any other new grad RN. And I have to emphasize that you need to find another employer, if for no other reason, than the fact that the medicaid rep is bringing fraud charges against them. They will do everything in their power to destroy you and at the beginning of your career, you do not need that. Personally, I would resign tomorrow. You need not write a reason on your resignation letter. When you interview for a new job, you can carefully skirt around the issue that you are leaving because of illegal behavior of the employer. A decent employer will not press the issue and will not hold it against you.

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edwardsrn62 has 1 years experience.

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I suspect that they may be taking advantage of you wage-wise in regard to your education and credentials. Yes, this is your first nursing job, but that is no reason to offer you CNA or LPN wages. You should not be paid any lower than any other new grad RN. And I have to emphasize that you need to find another employer, if for no other reason, than the fact that the medicaid rep is bringing fraud charges against them. They will do everything in their power to destroy you and at the beginning of your career, you do not need that. Personally, I would resign tomorrow. You need not write a reason on your resignation letter. When you interview for a new job, you can carefully skirt around the issue that you are leaving because of illegal behavior of the employer. A decent employer will not press the issue and will not hold it against you.

Thank you. Yes I actually had an interview last week on Monday which went great. The interviewer set me up to have a peer interview this past Friday afternoon, which likewise went very well. The nursing supervisor said she would get back in touch and let me know either way the beginning of this week so I'm praying tomorrow I get a call from them. If the peer interview went as well as I feel did, then I have to do a shadow day and hopefully that will be successful and I'll land the job!!! It's on a med surge/oncology unit. Very excited and hopeful about the future... just do not want to ruin it over nothing. Thank you again for your help!

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I never mentioned that in my initial post. I agree with you that new grads may be able to work PDN but as I have learnedthe hard way they need to make sure they are working for a good company, with clear concise information and have a good nursing support system. Did you have any input on anything that I was originally asking?

I worked in both Carolina's and yes,those 2 southern states are very bad to work in PDN.

I hope someone does not think i am "dissing" those states,but there are no clear-cut rules,low pay,and the employers seem to think they can skirt Federal rules.

This is why i love working PDN in NJ and Delaware. They have clear cut rules and do not "skimp" on Federal rules.

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smartnurse1982 has 7 years experience.

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No. How can they track your agency hours unless you are a I-9 with the agency who bills under your Medicaid ID#. Most agency PDN are employees and it's billed as skilled nursing hours using the agency ID# not an individual nurse number for billing purposes. How would Medicaid know which nurse worked which hours? They bill as x hours/units per date of service not SmartNurrse 6a-2p/8 hrs, crank burse LPN 2p-10p/8 hrs.

How is it possible that the OP is able to contact Medicaid in the first place then?

I never had access to any information about payment ever,unless the parents have told me.

I only submit my paperwork and that is it.

Pdn must vary greatly among the states.

Edit..Beachy,you are correct as far as PDN in NJ is concerned.

I went back to and i see that every nurse who works PDN in some states MUST have a Medicaid provider number regardless if they are independent or agency employed to work with Medicaid clients.

Glad i live in NJ now.

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smartnurse1982 has 7 years experience.

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. Sixteen hour shifts are acceptable as long as the employer pays you appropriate overtime per labor law in your state. If you are to receive "straight time" for the long shift, you normally are requested to sign a waiver by the employer.

In SC and many other states,if you do not work over 40 hours in a week(or 80 hours in 2 weeks) you are not entitled to overtime.

However,i know in some states its anything over 8 hours a day.

I used to think Rn's were not entitled to any overtime pay but it was explained in another post to me that the information was incorrect.

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I work the NOC shift and I bring snacks such as grapes, pretzels, Fiber One bars. There's carpet in the peds room so I dont bring anything that could be sloshed if I jump up. In homes that have hard wood or tile, I'll bring an emergency can of soup if I get hungry. I literally snack out the entire night. I consider this my break. Even though technically it wouldn't be if I was working elsewhere. I like PDN because its 1:1 I don't have 30 more clients to run after. So I'll take my "not really a break" any day of the week over the nursing home I was working at.

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edwardsrn62 has 1 years experience.

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Ugggh! This is getting so frustrating. I checked out the link you put up and that's exactly what I've been looking find... only for sc instead of nc. The search has been super unsuccessful. I contacted Medicaid and they seem to have no clue what I'm talking about. Thank you though for your help

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edwardsrn62 has 1 years experience.

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How is it possible that the OP is able to contact Medicaid in the first place then?

I never had access to any information about payment ever,unless the parents have told me.

I only submit my paperwork and that is it.

Pdn must vary greatly among the states.

Edit..Beachy,you are correct as far as PDN in NJ is concerned.

I went back to and i see that every nurse who works PDN in some states MUST have a Medicaid provider number regardless if they are independent or agency employed to work with Medicaid clients.

Glad i live in NJ now.

I contacted the Medicaid case worker as she does home visits and we have team meetings every few months so I have met her in person during these times. She gave me her business card and did if I ever had any questions to contact her, which is what I did.

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Alex Egan has 9 years experience as a LPN, EMT-B and specializes in Home Health (PDN), Camp Nursing.

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In all honestly I would cut and run. Whatever effort and money it will take to recoup your lost wages will most likely not be worth it. Depart quietly, and find a new gig. The further you are away from your present employer the better you are.

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SDALPN specializes in Peds(PICU, NICU float), PDN, ICU.

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I don't have time to reply to everything at the moment. But you can call your labor board. I found out from my labor board that employers are only required to pay minimum wage, anything more is up to the company but we are only ever guaranteed minimum wage. Luckily many employers don't know this! Just call your labor board...its free and straight from the people that enforce the law. Oh, yeah, and yep they can retaliate and turn you in to the board. You need a lawyer.

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