ArwenEvenstar

ArwenEvenstar

med-surg, teaching, cardiac, priv. duty
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ArwenEvenstar specializes in med-surg, teaching, cardiac, priv. duty.

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  1. Private duty forum???

    What has happened to the private duty forum? It used to be a sub-forum of home health, which I thought was a good placement for it. Then it was briefly its own separate forum. And now it is just gone. Where is it? Private duty is a very unique area o...
  2. I'm a nurse. Not a housekeeper!

    Yeah! Private duty (through agency) is low pay nursing around here too. I'm a RN. I took a 40% pay cut from the hospital when I made the switch. And, at the hospital I was at, you always got a yearly raise. In the 4 yrs of private duty, I never got a...
  3. Finding RNs

    Although it was through agency, when I resigned the high tech vent case I worked - they had a very hard time replacing me. Maybe it is the vent aspect. Vents scare some nurses. But I agree with another response - the problem may be with finding RN'...
  4. Maxim in SC, fraud indictments

    http://archives.postandcourier.com/archive/arch11/0911/arc091412638851.shtml Just fyi that Maxim healthcare locations in South Carolina were involved in the recent medicaid fraud indictments. Above article more specifically about SC. This more broad:...
  5. Maxim to Pay $150 Million Fine for Fraud

    I thought the FBI article was the best. http://www.fbi.gov/newark/press-releases/2011/maxim-healthcare-services-charged-with-fraud-agrees-to-pay-approximately-150-million-enact-reforms-after-false-billings-revealed-as-common-practice As it focuses mo...
  6. Maxin nsg per diem

    Maxim update, straight from the FBI: http://www.fbi.gov/newark/press-releases/2011/maxim-healthcare-services-charged-with-fraud-agrees-to-pay-approximately-150-million-enact-reforms-after-false-billings-revealed-as-common-practice "Maxim Healthcare S...
  7. Is there a national private duty agency that you would reccomend?

    Latest news on Maxim from the FBI: http://www.fbi.gov/newark/press-releases/2011/maxim-healthcare-services-charged-with-fraud-agrees-to-pay-approximately-150-million-enact-reforms-after-false-billings-revealed-as-common-practice "Maxim Healthcare Ser...
  8. Ridiculous "House Rules"

    The video monitoring is out of hand, but I agree with ventmommy. Some of the rules are no doubt due to nurses who did stupid or inconsiderate things. Personally, I have had many people live with me over the years - foreign exchange students, rented t...
  9. Is there a national private duty agency that you would reccomend?

    Yes, it seems that some of the threads about Maxim have disappeared...at least the ones that voice honest concerns about the problems with Maxim. If I say anything negative, this may too disappear! Clearly censorship is going on. Quick summary: Maxi...
  10. Maxin nsg per diem

    I may have discovered the reason this thread has not disappeared (yet at least!). The title of the thread is mis-spelled as "Maxin". So maybe it is evading some searches by the powers that be. Maybe that is the key - refer to Maxim as Maxin! Spread...
  11. Maxin nsg per diem

    If I did not work for Maxim myself for 2 yrs, I would have a hard time believing this! But I did, so i do!! I was "harassed" by Maxim too. For example, they would call me MULTIPLE times about the SAME shift. But if i am not available, I am not availa...
  12. When to let client and agency know you're pregnant

    Maybe I'd still be doing private duty (and still be a nurse!) if I'd had an agency like this! How awesome they planned ahead, trained other staff, and took other measures to ensure you were properly staffed. They were concerned for staff, patient, a...
  13. Do you "friend" your pts on Facebook???

    No, no, no!!!!!! That is my strong opinion. Your gut hesitation is right! One of the big problems I encountered with private duty was nurses who lacked a professional boundary between themselves and the pt/family. Things can get out of hand fast and ...
  14. Liar Liar pants on fire!!!!

    Kyasi, your perspective is great because you are a nurse and you are in charge. That is how it should be. It makes sense. As I've mentioned before, I hope your nurses really appreciate you and your agency. The best agency I worked for was a little ...
  15. Getting a raise in private duty nursing?

    yep! I recently ran into the family of a case I used to work through Maxim, and they had been without a nurse for over a month! Unable to staff a case for that long?! Maxim digs their own grave!! And this was a high tech case that got the highest rei...