being tested at a home care agency interview?


I am going on an interview for private duty nursing throug a home care agency tomorrow morning and the woman said she is going to have me take a few tests and to brush up on my math skills. I haven't had any kind of testing in a while and I'm afraid I'll mess up..what should I study?? I have never heard of testing at an interview. Thanks!


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Basics that you can probably answer off the top of your head. Digoxin, lasix, the insulins, that type of stuff. Not very difficult for the most part. My friend was worried over one of these tests and was told if she had not passed it, all they would have done was give it to her again after she went over it. No big thing. But I would look some stuff up so as to save myself some embarrassment.


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I am interested in applying as an LPN to a home care agency as well and was told I would have to do a skills test and a pharmacology test.

Does anyone know what the skills test might be like? Physical demonstration of skills or multiple choice questions about skills? Which Skills?

Thanks for any replies!!!

Specializes in Home Health, PDN, LTC, subacute. Has 18 years experience.

I had to pass a one day seminar (paid) on ventilator/trach skills before they would let me handle any of these patients.

raebabelvn, LVN

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Specializes in School LVN, Peds HH. Has 15 years experience.

I've worked for two HH agencies, and both of them gave me tests. Very basic. Simple. Easy. The job I have now is the first LVN job I've had in a year and a half, and I passed the test easily. You should be fine :)

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Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 47 years experience.

Well, late to the party but. . . we had to take 2 tests each about 5 pages long (1 for adults, 1 for peds) and 1 about universal precautions, etc.

They were all multiple choice. Then, if you got lower than 80%, they had you re-do the ones you got wrong. I remember they had a flow sheet of skills and return demonstration for competency, but they didn't have people do that. Maybe because the DON was too busy.

Had a 2 hour vent class conducted by a salesman for a disposable vent circuit company. It was highly inadequate, but I was able to learn on my own anyway.


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do you know which Home health agency are currently hiring without experience, thanks i really need a job.


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Make a list of all the local agencies and begin to visit them, one by one, or call to inquire. But expect the brushoff if you call. Easier to obtain an interview and your objective if you go in person. Be sure to take all your employment papers with you and dress to interview. Good luck.


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Why do we need another test after we passed The Big One?? I graduated and passed LVN licensing exam in 2017. Still looking for a job in April 2018. One home healthcare agency had me sign a lot of paperwork and then emailed me a link to an online test to take at home. 80 was passing, had to do entire test in one sitting, of course could use online resources. Some questions were about policy, those answers were pretty obvious. Reading a policy manual is boring, but guessing answers on a test keeps your attention. I think I made a 96 and was able to see what I did wrong. Still waiting to get a client from that agency, now I'm waiting for the link to a test from another agency. At least in our area, there seems to be a big market for agencies to send CNAs and LVNs to homes of medically fragile children.


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I already knew that agency didn't hire novice nurses. The only way I got looked at by that agency was because I knew someone there who could pull my application out of Online Application Hell and get it into Online Application Purgatory. Doesn't any agency realize that the only way to get more experienced nurses into the field is to get novice nurses hired someplace? I'm supposed to be trained for one client and be called for PRN work, then be trained for a second client, and be called for PRN work, and keep going like that. Not sure how many months it will be before I get 30 hours of work a week. Employers ask for one year of experience, which could take me more than one year to get. In the meantime, I will not be eligible for health insurance from this employer, and no workman's compensation, either. At least I will be trained for multiple clients, eventually, and will learn more that way.