Quote from HouTx
Hey guys, I know that we all hate 'tests' but there is a very valid reason for testing travelers & agency folks. Organizations are paying top dollar for people that are supposed to have top-notch skills .... that's how these types of workers are marketed. The hospital provides a minimal "orientation" (fire & emergency procedures, location of critical equipment, bathroom, etc) but should not have to do any additional training.
FYI, NCLEX is never been an indicator of clinical competency - in any way, shape, or form!!! it is a measure of knowlege only. If you need evidence, just look at the struggles of new grads.
There is just no other way for hospitals to determine the clinical competency of these types of temporary workers - they have to 'hit the ground running'.
I'm all for testing agency and traveling nurses on their knowledge but this "testing center" and the like sprouting up all over the place touting the new science of hiring is for everyone. They are targeting hospitals for pre-employment testing guaranteeing the riff raff will not get through. They have every test imaginable for pre-employment testing to hospitals, LTC facilities, and assisted living.
Also their dialogue concerns me ... that's why I would like to see some of those test. I believe they may delve a little deeper with these new age designer questions that can tell the employer what type of personality you have. I would have no problem taking the tests because I specialize in that type of bull ... but that's what I think of it as well.
I can just see it 10 years from now as being the norm to have to go in and take a full battery of test just to get hired. Can you imagine the study guides that as we speak are probably being written just for this? It can be and is scary. What about certification ... will it even matter pretty soon because after all Prophecy will make sure no one gets through no matter how many initials are after their name. In fact lets just forget about getting any special certification because Prophecy will make sure the nurse is a walking encyclopedia.
Have you ever seen how they design menus for bars and restaurants and how they place tables and adjust milieu etc... there is an exact science to it to insure profit ... that's what this is. RNs are people not sticks of furniture to place to ensure a comfortable ambiance.
I'm almost thankful that I'm nearing the end of my career because all I see is nursing being beaten to the ground with all this extraneous BS. I worry for the young RN just starting out. Every day I read some type of assault on our RNs and it concerns me. Hopefully all of them have plenty of fight because they're going to need it.