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MiAmorPickles has 25 years experience.

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I’ve gotten out of pediatric private duty work since I posted on here.   Had some health iissues come up and couldn’t continue working full time so took 3 months off and then went part-time filling in for call-ins or no-shows.   Then, two incidents occurred.  1) Drove to a job to help them out with a patient in another county 2 hours away and they wouldn’t pay the $2 extra per hour for the vent patient or pay gas expenses.  I  had already worked 40 hours that week and they said since I was in overtime they wouldn’t pay any extras.   Even though they were the ones who asked me to do them a favor and go out there.  2) I got stuck in rush-hour traffic for two hours going to a job that they forgot to tell me was canceled (total drive time = 3 hrs) and after going back-and-forth with them about it they finally paid a whopping $10 for my trouble TWO MONTHS LATER instead of standard industry courtesy pay.    If they were going to jack me around like that and only pay me 10 bucks, I  didn’t want to work for them anymore.  Disrespectful.   I quit.  

 I wound up getting a better job with decent benefits and the most money per hour I’ve ever been paid so they actually did me a favor.  I don’t ever want to feel undervalued like that again.  

 

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Regarding MiAmor’s post, for the future, look up with your state Labor Board “reporting time pay” or “show up pay”.  Many states require that one be paid an amount substantially more than $10 for reporting to work expecting to work an assigned shift, but instead getting sent home or sent home early.  Be careful though, as many employers look at you as if you are crazy when you tell them you are requesting reporting time pay. In my state you get as much as four hours pay when you get sent home instead of working an assigned eight hour shift. Nothing to sneeze at for your time and trouble.

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DesertwindRN is a ADN, RN and specializes in NICU, PICU, Peds, Pediatraic Home Care, Infusion.

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I suggest you find another company and perhaps a third.  This gives you more choices.   Maxim, in my experience, behaves just as you described.  The whole purpose of the “meet and greet” is for both you and the client and in the case of peds pts, the parents too, to feel comfortable with you and you have just as much say as to which clients you choose.  Maxim has very rude, totally unprofessional “men” in that staffing position who seem to believe we are part of a slave market.  I had a fellow get so mad at me for not taking a Friday/Saturday case, evening hours, (which I don’t work), two large total care fellows, that he would not offer me any other clients and never returned my calls.  I asked to be assigned another staffer (I think they consider that to be a criminal act, requesting a different staffer.) Later my phone was filled with messages from Maxim trying to get me to work for them, stating they had several  pediatric high tech clients for me and could keep me busy.  I never return their calls.  There are great private duty companies who are wonderful to work with.  Maxim is the only one that I have had such an experience with.  Several times after the “meet and greet” I declined the case.  No one ever, except for Maxim, showed annoyance with my decision.  I used to work pediatric private care and the NICU.  It was a nice brake from all the stress of the hospital.  I loved working in NICU.  I work pediatric and adult infusion now and love it and pick my clients.  We have a lot of choices as nurses.

 

 

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