what the HECK is PBDS? - page 2

i have seen it mentioned a few times. i have been an RN for 14 years and have NO CLUE! i am not a traveler so maybe it is a travel term?... Read More

  1. by   nightingale
    Here is the link:

    https://allnurses.com/forums/f17/per...formance+Based


    I found it by doing a search on AllNurses.

    Thank you for all the feedback. Let us know if you need anything else.
  2. by   mojofla
  3. by   Nocmom
    I have had to take the PBDS twice. I agree with NurseguyFL in that it is not within our scope of practice to make medical diagnoses. I will ALWAYS ask, now, if a PBDS is required at any hospital I consider going to. No way can I afford to "fail" this test, and end up with no job. What I found interesting is that the last job I had, where I had to take this test, most of the floor was staffed with travelers. Terrible job...couldn't wait to get through my 13 weeks. Almost broke my contract once or twice, but that goes against my ethics. Couldn't figure out how this hospital could demand such a test when they had such dire needs. Still doesn't make sense to me. All I know now this that NO WAY would I take that test again. Too stressful! This gal is getting too old for those kind of (what I consider) un-necessary games!:angryfire Just MHO!

    Taking Life One Day at a Time!
  4. by   Mulan
    Quote from tddowney
    If they give you 30 seconds to evaluate the pt, and a few minutes to diagnose, document, etc. perhaps that's what they expect from the patient loads they have on the units.
    That's funny!!!!!!

    You gave me a good laugh for the day!

    How true!
  5. by   Mulan
    Quote from Nocmom
    I have had to take the PBDS twice. I agree with NurseguyFL in that it is not within our scope of practice to make medical diagnoses. I will ALWAYS ask, now, if a PBDS is required at any hospital I consider going to. No way can I afford to "fail" this test, and end up with no job. What I found interesting is that the last job I had, where I had to take this test, most of the floor was staffed with travelers. Terrible job...couldn't wait to get through my 13 weeks. Almost broke my contract once or twice, but that goes against my ethics. Couldn't figure out how this hospital could demand such a test when they had such dire needs. Still doesn't make sense to me. All I know now this that NO WAY would I take that test again. Too stressful! This gal is getting too old for those kind of (what I consider) un-necessary games!:angryfire Just MHO!

    Taking Life One Day at a Time!
    Maybe that's why, because they didn't have any staff, they had to make sure what they did have, the travelers, could handle whatever happened.
  6. by   eastcoastgirl
    PBDS will make you feel like this :crash_comwhen you are done taking it!! I had to take the PBDS - (ICU) for a contract in Oregon. For travelers the test was contract dependent however for staff it was a precepting tool. Either way it was a terrible test. NurseguyFL did a nice job describing and advising on the test!! The test I took was all on the computer and timed. I believe it was like 5 hours long. The worst part was right before I took the test - the lady says to me - good luck we just had a few people fail it. Thanks - I thought to myself!! Definitely - keep your answers focused and bulletin points!! Go through the steps in your head - what you would do as you enter the room - start with your basic BLS - assess ABC's - oxygen,monitor,IV - do not assume that anything is a given!! The hospital sends the test out to a company who grades the test. I took the test in the morning and found out later in the afternoon that I had passed. I spoke with the individual proctoring the test and suggested that they speak with administration to work with an outside testing site such as Sylvan learning centers to make this test a little more traveler friendly. They seemed to understand my points - why waste our time or theirs!!
    Good luck!!!!
  7. by   mdoze911nurse
    I am an ER traveler but the first place I had to do PBDS was a local (close to my home) hospital that I was just going to pick up some shifts when I was home. This hospital has some major staffing problems and now I see why. Then after I took the darned thing the nurse ed. made me feel like a worthless nurse. I told her and HR that I did not need this. I have been in nursing for 20 years and I do not need her making me feel inept. After that I have taken it at several assignments and they are about the same but the folks were much nicer. It does not tell what kind of nurse a person is. I also told that useless nurse ed. that I do not dx and I would never expect anyone to make a dx on that little bit of info. As a matter of fact, making that dx could be dangerous. She said " well that may be all you get when you see the pt." I said but as I went along I would be continually evaluating the patient! It was a terrible experience.:angryfire
  8. by   LADY55902
    hello everyone,

    I also took the pbds at my current job. that is what we were all told its a assisment tool , forget it its not.

    its a pass fail deal, i did pass it the first time was told that i failed it i had to sit through 10 weeks of training to retest. there is no way anyone can pass this without some kind of avdance study i felt it was a set up for failure.
  9. by   Stella-Ohio
    once you pass it, are you done, or would another place rewuire you to do it again?
  10. by   golfjules
    I had to take this test, about 4-5 hours long, as a GN and failed. So I had to retake it again, another 4-5 hours. It's almost like the hospital is testing your tolerance rather than your knowledge. I'd rather take boards any day!! I agree, it is a poor tool to evaluate someone's abilities. The time factor alone is unacceptable. I've seen the videos since then at other hospitals. They used them as a learning tool not an examination.
  11. by   lpn314
    Hi all
    I have to take PBDS this week I've been an LPN for 19 years and worked at this hospital for 5 years, I had to quit to take care of family, I've been gone a year. I've never been written up or had an infraction of any kind in my record.They just started this "evaluation" system shortly before I left there, Only new hires have to take it.
  12. by   sra27
    So, I foolishly took an assignment that requred pbds testing. I had heard all the horror stories but figured "hey, I'm smart, I passed nursing school and the NCLEX, I've been a nurse for 4 years and this is my third travel assignment, how bad can it possibly be?" I studied, even did some practice scenarios...
    Yep. I failed. I drove all the way from MI to NC for this assignment.

    At least my agency has been nice about it. I can stay here in the condo they set up for me until I can get another assignment- hopefully in a couple of days. There's nothing else in NC that doesn't require pbds now, so I'm being submitted to hospitals in SC and MD (both walk-through license states)

    I know I'll never accept an assignment at a hospital that requires pbds again.
  13. by   Chica_bella813
    Wow I have heard about those tests...I heard they are really hard. What's so difficult about them. I will make sure I ask for a non pbds testing facility. I wonder if Kaiser in California uses the PBDS???

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